Leicester Mercury

ABOUT routine breast screening:

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After screening, about one in 25 women will be called back for further assessment. Being called back does not mean that someone has cancer. The first mammogram may have been unclear. About one in four women called back for further assessment are diagnosed with breast cancer.

As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged from 50 to their 71st birthday who are registered with a GP are automatica­lly invited for breast screening every three years. Women may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50 if they have a very high risk of developing breast cancer.

Anyone worried about breast cancer symptoms should speak to their GP as soon as possible.

In 2018/19:

■71.7 per cent of women accepted their breast screening invitation (aged 50 to 70) and 2.23 million women were screened.

■19,558 women had cancers detected by screening (a rate of 8.8 cases per 1,000 women screened).

■Detection rates were highest for small invasive cancers (3.5 per 1,000 women)

■Detection rates were lowest for non-invasive or micro-invasive cancers (1.8 per 1,000 women).

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