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Breast cancer screening

All women aged between 50 and 70 years are invited for a breast screening every three years. If you are over the age of 70, your risk does not decrease and you are encouraged to call the unit to make an appointment.
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The aim of screening is to detect any breast cancer at an early stage. Early detection can mean more effective treatment and evidence shows that regular breast screening between these ages can reduce the death rate from breast cancer.

Screening for women living in Lewisham is managed by Kings College Hospital in Denmark Hill but mobile units operate at different locations so women can be screened closer to home.

Being breast aware and knowing what your breasts look and feel like means you will be aware of any changes. Find out more information about self-examination.

Worried about the family risks of breast cancer?

If the recent publicity following Angelina Jolie's diagnosis of a BRCA gene fault has raised concerns about the risks to you, or the women in your family, then support is available locally from the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Service at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust. 

This service is for people who may be concerned about their family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer. An appointment can be made to attend one of our clinics, that are held at various locations, for a risk assessment and screening recommendations.

If you think that you may benefit from the service you can contact the service directly on 0207 188 1385 or email on cancerriskassessment@gstt.nhs.uk

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