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Breast screening: helping women decide

Information on the NHS breast screening programme to help eligible women make a personal informed choice about whether to take part.

Applies to England

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Simplified Chinese)

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Latvian)

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Lithuanian)

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Polish)

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Portuguese)

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Punjabi)

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Romanian)

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Russian)

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Traditional Chinese)

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Breast screening: helping you decide (Urdu)

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Details

This information explains NHS breast screening and why it is offered. It is available in English and 10 language translations.

Free printed copies of this leaflet are available for NHS breast screening services to send with invitation letters (first invitations, and subsequent invitations for non-attenders).

For more information, see the ‘order printed leaflets’ section of our guidance on how to access and order leaflets.

This information is available in A4 PDF format (in English) to print out and provide for people who cannot access digital information (see list above).

A simple animation showing screening tests offered to women throughout their lives, including breast screening, is available:

Contact the screening helpdesk with any queries about this publication, making sure you include its full title.

Published 1 July 2013
Last updated 31 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Addition of plain A4 PDF version for printing, to provide for people unable to access this information online.

  2. Added lifetime screening animation to the landing page.

  3. Added links and information in the details section. English PDF leaflet removed.

  4. Added HTML version of the leaflet and translations in 10 different languages.

  5. Updated leaflet.

  6. Added new version of 'NHS breast screening: helping you decide (English)' with updated information.

  7. Most recent English version uploaded.

  8. Addition of link to new audio version of leaflet.

  9. Added NHS breast screening: helping you decide (large print).

  10. First published.