Breast Screening

Anyone registered with a GP as female will be invited for NHS breast screening every 3 years between the ages of 50 and 71. You’ll get a letter in the post inviting you.

Why attend for breast screening? 

• 1 in 7 women will develop breast cancer

• Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK

• Current evidence suggests that breast screening reduces the number of breast cancer deaths in the UK by about 1,300 a year. 

If your appointment time is inconvenient, please contact the breast screening as soon as possible to re-arrange:

Tel: 01942 774713

Email: [email protected]

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can have several symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue.

Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it is always best to have them checked by a doctor.

You should also see a GP if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood
  • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast
  • Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.[1]


Patient Resources

Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care provides breast cancer information and support across the UK.  They have specific support for partners and for younger women affected by breast cancer. They have a lot of information about mastectomy wear (including bras and swimming costumes) and also specialise in correctly fitting breast prostheses.

Helpline: 0808 800 6000

Text phone: 18001 0808 800 6000

Mon to Fri: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm; Sat: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

Email: [email protected]


General Office

Phone: 0345 077 1893

Email: [email protected]

Chester House

1–3 Brixton Road

London SW9 6DE

Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline

The Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline provides support and information to anyone concerned about hereditary breast cancer.

Phone: 01629 813000 (helpline 8.00am-10.00pm)

Email: [email protected]


The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centres

Breast Cancer Haven offers free support, information, counselling and complementary therapies to anyone affected by breast cancer. They have drop-in centres in London, Hereford, Yorkshire, Wessex, Worcester, West Midlands and Cheltenham. They also offer a programme of care designed to help women with breast cancer feel better and develop a healthier lifestyle. For people who can’t get to a Haven centre, they offer the “Haven at Home” multi-media package.


Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support. They provide booklets on cancer and treatments, run helplines providing cancer information and benefits advice, and offer Cancer Voices service, enabling those affected by cancer to share their experiences and help shape future cancer services.

Macmillan Cancer Line: 0808 808 0000

Textphone: 18001 0808 808 00 00

Mon to Fri: 9.00 am to 8.00 pm; information available in other languages

Email: [email protected]


The Daisy Network

The Daisy Network provides help, support and information for women who have had early menopause.

PO Box 71432, London SW6 9HJ

Email: [email protected]


Cancer Research UK

CRUK provides general information and advice on cancer and funds research into the disease.

Phone: 0300 123 1022

email: [email protected]


Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity. Its website provides general information and advice on breast cancer.