Breast screening is offered to women aged 50-70 every 3 years. The aim of breast screening is to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, often before the woman is aware of any problem. Early detection may mean simpler and more successful treatment.
If you have missed an appointment or you are over 70, you can request screening by calling the London Breast Screening Hub on 0203 7582024 or via the link below:
If you feel a lump in your breast, you should always get it checked by a GP. Most breast lumps are harmless, but some can be serious.
The first symptom of breast cancer that most women notice is a lump or an area of thickened tissue in their breast.
Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it's always best to have them checked by a doctor.
You should see a GP if you notice any of the following:
- a new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
- a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
- a discharge of fluid from either of your nipples
- 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.
Want to know more?
- Breast Cancer Now: signs and symptoms of breast cancer
- Cancer Research UK: breast cancer symptoms
- Macmillan Cancer Support: signs and symptoms of breast cancer
It's important to be breast aware so you notice any changes as soon as possible.
Get to know what is normal for you – for instance, your breasts may look or feel different at different times of your life. This will make it easier to notice potential problems.