It uses an x-ray test called a mammogram to check the breast for signs of cancer. Breast screening can spot cancers that are too small to see or feel.
Breast screening can also help to find small changes in the breast before any other signs or symptoms. Early detection may mean simpler and more successful treatment.
Who do we screen?
Anyone registered with a GP in Buckinghamshire as a female and aged 50 to 70 years. We have a list from GP records, so you must make sure your details are correct.
You’ll get the invitation automatically, so there’s no need to phone and make your own appointment. You’ll get your first invitation for a mammogram sometime between your 50th and 53rd birthdays.
Find out more about when you’ll get an invitation for breast screening and how often.
If you’re over 70 years old you can still have a free breast screen every 3 years. You won’t get an invitation so you’ll need to call us on 01494 425689 to make an appointment.
You can also call us if it’s been over 3 years since your last breast screening appointment.
Where do breast screening appointments happen?
Usually at our static unit in the Breast Care Centre at Wycombe Hospital, or one of our mobile units which mover around the area. Your appointment will usually be at a location within the area of your GP’s surgery.
Your invitation letter will show the:
- date of your appointment
I need to change my appointment, or tell you about a disability or health issues. What should I do?
Call us on 01494 425689 so we can arrange an alternative time, date or location.
You can also call us on the same number above if you have:
- problems climbing steps
- a disability which may mean you need a longer appointment time
- breast implants and have been invited to a screening at one of our mobile units as you’ll need a longer appointment time
- any concerns about other health issues that may affect your ability to have a mammogram.
We’ll discuss your needs and arrange a suitable time slot and location so we can give you the best possible care.
What happens during my routine mammogram?
When you arrive, the mammographer (the member of staff doing the mammogram) will check your details. They’ll also ask you about any breast problems you may have had.
You can also ask any questions you may have.
If you have a pacemaker, tell the mammographer and show them the site of the pacemaker. It may hide the small amount of breast tissue behind the pacemeaker which may prevent it from being shown on x-ray. The film readers can only report on the breast tissue that they can see on your mammogram.
Find out more about what happens during your mammogram appointment
What might my results show?
You’ll get your results within 2 weeks.
Find out what to expect from your breast screening results.
Call us on 01494 426109 if you have any concerns before your assessment appointment.