The North Staffordshire breast screening service is part of the NHS breast screening programme. It currently provides breast screening for women from the age of 50 to 70 years. The breast screening programme is extending to include all women between the ages of 47-73 by 2017. Any woman over the age of 70 may self-refer for screening by ringing 0300 123 1463.
Breast screening aims to find breast cancer at an early stage, often before there are any symptoms. To do this, an x-ray is taken of each breast (mammogram). Early detection may often mean simpler and more successful treatment.
There are currently three mobile sites patients may choose to visit in the local area: Kidsgrove, Leek and Newcastle.
The South Staffordshire breast screening service has been redesigned to better meet local women's needs in terms of where they live or have to travel to for screening.
The former South Staffordshire service will start to be provided from April 2017 at the following screening services.
- North Midlands Breast Screening Service (including County and Royal Stoke Hospitals).
- Dudley, Wolverhampton and South West Staffordshire Breast Screening Programme
- Southern Derbyshire and East Staffordshire Breast Screening Programme delivered by the Derby and Burton Breast Unit.
Most women will notice very little or no change. Your breast screening centre will contact you in due course when your next screening appointment is due.
As always, if you any have immediate concerns about your breast health, please make an appointment to see your GP.
Click here for some Frequently Asked Questions
Visit the breast screening website for more information