Breast Screening

Access NHS Health Scotland’s most up-to-date resources on breast screening – both for health professionals to give to patients and for women who want to know more about their breast screening appointment.

The Scottish Breast Screening Programme invites women aged between 50 and 70 years old for screening every three years. Women over 70 years old are able to attend through self-referral at their local screening centres. 

Patient resources - about your breast screening

Breast Screening- helping you decide (2014)

All women aged 50- 70 years old are sent this leaflet along with their breast screening appointment letter. The leaflet provides information on the breast-screening process, what to expect at your breast screening appointment and discusses the benefits and risks of breast screening to support women to make an informed choice about whether to attend their screening appointment.

This leaflet is also available in various languages and in an easy read format.

Detect Cancer Early

The Scottish Government are promoting breast screening as part of the Detect Cancer Early programme. This is a targeted social marketing campaign, rolled out across 6 screening regions and focuses on where the areas where uptake is currently poor and information about the programme is most needed. A full suite of campaign materials are available including a short demystifying film of Elaine C Smith having a mammogram at a breast screening unit. 

For more information, visit the Detect Cancer Early website

Professional resources

Three new breast screening briefing sheets, have been developed, to offer information to support health professionals when discussing and answering questions that women may have regarding the Scottish Breast Screening Programme.

  • Breast Cancer in Scotland: up to date statistics on breast cancer incidence, mortality, prevalence, survival and discussion of the epidemiological risk factors relating to breast cancer.
  • Breast Cancer Screening in Scotland: An overview of the Scottish Breast Screening Programme covering how/ where/ when women are invited for screening and an overview of the breast screening pathway.
  • Informing Women about the Benefits and Risks of Breast Screening: Discussion of the findings of the Independent Marmot Breast Screening Review.
Updated 29 July 2014
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