The NHS offers breast screening to save lives from breast cancer.
Screening does this by finding breast cancers at an early stage, when they are too small to see or feel. Breast screening uses an x-ray test called a mammogram to check the breast for signs of cancer.
The scan is quick and simple and early detection of cancer may often mean simpler and more successful treatment.
Women aged 50 up to their 71st birthday are invited to have breast screening every three years.
During the restoration of services following the initial coronavirus outbreak, NHS breast screening services temporarily paused taking self-referrals from women aged 71 and over. After further review, Public Health England have now advised that we can now accept self-referrals for women aged 71 and over. However, due to COVID-19 we are currently prioritising women aged 53 who have not had a first breast screening invitation.
The date of your mammogram depends on the GP you are registered with, not the date of your birthday. Find out more at www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/
The West Sussex breast screening service is open to 125,000 women across the county.
We have four mobile screening units that offer appointments at the following 12 locations:
- Bognor Regis – Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, PO22 9PP
- Burgess Hill – Tesco Superstore, RH15 9QT
- Chichester – St Richard’s Hospital, PO19 6SE
- Crawley – K2 Leisure Centre, RH11 9BQ
- East Grinstead – Council Offices, RH19 3LT
- Haywards Heath – Clair Hall, RH16 3DN
- Horsham – Horsham Hospital, RH12 2DR
- Littlehampton – Tesco Superstore, BN17 5RA
- Midhurst – Budgens Supermarket, GU29 9NA
- Shoreham-by-Sea – Southlands Hospital, BN43 6TQ
- Storrington – Library,County Council, RH20 4PA
- Worthing – West Sussex Breast Care Centre, Worthing Hospital, BN11 2HX
Every mammogram is examined by two specialist film readers, with a radiologist and film reader brought in if they do not agree on the results.
There are three possible results at this stage:
- Normal: No abnormalities were seen and you will be routinely recalled in three years’ time if aged under 71.
- Recall for assessment: The film readers have identified an area of concern or change in the mammograms and further tests are required. You will be invited to attend the West Sussex Breast Care Centre in Worthing within three weeks of the original mammogram.
- Technical recall: For technical reasons, some images need to be repeated before they can be reported as ‘normal’ or ‘recall for assessment’.
You will be invited to return to either the mobile unit or the West Sussex Breast Care Centre in Worthing. The images will then be reported in the normal manner.
Breast screening is a well woman service and approximately 95% of women who attend will get a normal result.
Approximately 5% are called back to Worthing for further assessment. For every five women recalled, four will receive a normal result.
It is your choice whether or not you have breast screening.
If you have any questions about what breast screening involves, please call us on 01903 239757.
If you would like to talk to someone about whether to have breast screening, your GP can help. Together, you can weigh up the possible benefits and risks, to help you decide.
Mammography (extn. 85969) 01903 28511
Radiography (extn. 58970) 01903 28511
Film readers (extn. 85604) 01903 285111
- Director of Breast Screening / Lead Breast Consultant Radiologist: Dr Olga Strukowska – 01903 285111 ext 84914/85604
- Breast Screening / Breast Imaging Service Manager and Advanced Practitioner: – Soraia Fontes – 01903 285111 ext 85728 / 07769 135935
- Deputy Breast Imaging Service Manager / Advanced Practitioner: Clara Vieira – 01903 285111 ext 85728
- Quality Assurance / Programme Manager for Breast Screening: Rebecca Corbett – 01903 285111 ext 85557 / 07342 083855
- Breast screening Office Manager: Carol Barton – 01903 285111 ext 85204