What is the test for?
Breast cancer screening uses a test called mammography which involves taking X-rays of the breast tissue on your chest. The scan looks to find breast cancers at an early stage, when they may be too small to see or feel. Identifying cancer at this stage increases the chance of treatment being successful. These tests are conducted at Breast Clinics or mobile mammogram screening vans, not at your local General Practice.
Who gets invited to breast screening?
If you’re registered as female with your GP, you will be automatically invited to breast screening when you reach 50.
If you’re registered as male with your GP, currently you will not be automatically invited for breast screening. If you’ve not had top surgery / gender affirming mastectomy and would like to take part in screening, then you can organise your mammogram by visiting your GP or by booking an appointment with a breast cancer screening service.
If you have had top surgery / gender affirming mastectomy, then your lifetime risk of breast cancer is very much reduced. This means that you are not currently recommended to have screening mammograms. Also, it is usually not technically possible to have a mammogram after top surgery.
If you have had a breast reduction, you should still attend for breast cancer screening.
If you think you should have breast/chest screening and you’ve not been sent a letter, contact your local breast screening service if you’ve not been invited for breast screening by the time you’re 53 and you think you should have been. You should also contact them if it’s been more than 3 years since your last appointment and you think you’re overdue.