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Information about the offer of a breast screen for women aged 70-79, May 2018

03 May 2018

Some women aged between 70 and 79 are being offered the opportunity for a breast screen.

The offer of a screen comes after some women did not receive an invitation for a final screen, as part of the routine NHS Breast Screening Programme.

The Breast Screening Programme usually invites women to have a screen once every three years when aged between 50 and 70 (up to their 71st birthday). This means women will usually receive their final screen sometime between their 68th and 71st birthdays.

Most women can be reassured that they will have received their final invitation but there are some women, now aged between 70 and 79 years, who have missed an invitation due to a problem which dates back to 2009.

Public Health England, the NHS and the Department of Health and social care are very sorry this has happened and we are now offering the opportunity for a further screen. All affected women registered with a GP will be written to by the end of May with further information.

A free helpline is also available: 0800 169 2692.

For further information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/women-offered-nhs-breast-screening-after-missed-invitations

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