From 1 September 2014, in line with the national expansion of the programme, Shropshire extended the breast screening programme to cover eligible women aged between 47 and 73, who are registered with a GP practice. This extension of the programme will be phased in over a six year period. Initially, approximately half of the women in each of the age groups 47-49 and 70-73 will be invited for screening. Therefore, all women aged between 50 and 70 will continue to be invited for screening every three years as normal and this will be extended to all women aged between 47 and 73 from 2017 – 2020.
Any woman aged over 70, that is not invited automatically, can request screening every three years. They simply contact the Shropshire Breast Screening office (01743 261080) to make an appointment. Similarly, women aged 47-49 who have not been invited as part of the randomisation trial can still ask to be screened if their GP practice has been invited.
As Shropshire is quite a rural county, we try to enable women to be screened closer to their home by locating the mobile vans at various sites across Shropshire.
The NHS Breast Screening Programme is subject to monitoring by the West Midlands Screening QA Service (SQAS). It ensures that rigorous quality assurance standards are maintained.
You can find out more about breast screening and the age extension on the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes website at www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk or by contacting the Trust’s Breast Screening Department at firstname.lastname@example.org where you can find out:
- When and where you might be screened
- How to cancel or change an appointment
- Useful publications & links
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Screening Office Contact details
- Outcomes of breast screening
- Further tests
- How to be breast aware