Breast Screening means looking for early signs of a breast cancer in healthy women who have no symptoms. Screening for cancer aims to find cancers as early as possible before they cause symptoms. i.e. a lump in the breast.
The UK Breast Screening service programme uses mammograms to screen for breast cancer in women every 3 years between the ages of 50 and 70. A mammogram is a specialized x-ray of the breast.
After a mammogram women who have any changes or something unusual on the mammogram are called back for further investigations.
At present West Berkshire Breast Screening Unit invites approx 85,000 women over the three year period.
A pilot study in Berkshire is now randomising by GP, women between the ages of 47-50 and 70-73. At present when women reach 70 they are no longer called automatically but are very welcome to contact the Breast Screening Unit for an appointment.
The main benefits of breast screening are that:
If you do find any change in how your breasts look and feel, visit your GP.
Monday - Friday 8.30 - 4.30 (excluding Bank Holidays)
If there are any further questions concerning the breast screening service or assessment clinic please contact the clinical nurse specialist Carolyn Denham on 0118 3228563.
Clinical Director: Elizabeth Cave
Consultant Radiologists: Marjon Bell, Elizabeth Cave, Jane Moloney
Clinical lead for symptomatic /screening service: Lydia Malaj
Clinical Nurse Specialist: Carolyn Denham
Admin Manager: Debra Anderson
The two mobile units travel to 12 sites throughout the West Berkshire area.
West Berkshire Breast Screening Service
21a Craven Road
0118 322 8282 (general enquiry or appointment change)
0118 322 8563 Clinical