Breast screening is currently offered at 3-yearly intervals to women aged from 50 up to their 71st birthday in England.
Currently there is a trial to examine the effectiveness of offering some women one extra screen from 47 up to their 50th birthday and one from 71 to 73.
Women will first be invited for screening within the 3 years after their 50th birthday, although in some areas they will be invited from the age of 47 as part of the age extension trial.
Women may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50, and/or at different screening intervals, if they have a very high risk of developing breast cancer.
Breast screening is an effective way of detecting breast cancer, often at a very early stage, when there are no outward signs. The sooner the problem is detected, the more ways there are of treating it successfully. Many women in east Kent have had their lives saved by taking part in the breast screening programme.
Through these web pages you can find out more about NHS breast screening in east Kent, how and where you can be screened and about your local hospital's breast screening facilities.
This service is for women without symptoms. If you have any concerns about breast health you should book an appointment to see your GP immediately, who can arrange to refer you for a mammogram or other tests if needed.