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Breast screening: easy guide

An easy read leaflet about breast screening.

Applies to England


An easy guide to breast screening

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Healthcare professionals can use this leaflet to explain breast screening for anyone who finds easy read information helpful.

This can include people with learning disabilities, people with low levels of literacy and non-English speakers.

Providers can also direct people who cannot read or do not like written words to the Beyond Words breast screening picture story, which includes a suggested storyline for family members, carers or health professionals to refer to.

Providers can download and adapt easy read appointment and recall letter templates from the Breast screening: identifying and reducing inequalities page.

To request another format, you can phone 0300 311 22 33 or email

Updates to this page

Published 1 January 2013
Last updated 29 June 2023 + show all updates
  1. PDF has ben updated, 1 in 8 getting breast cancer has now been updated to 1 in 7.

  2. Addition of link to easy read letter templates

  3. Wording changed on page 7 to make it clearer about the age at which breast screening invitations stop.

  4. Updated title and details of publication to align with other screening easy guide documents.

  5. New breast screening easy guide published February 2018

  6. First published.

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