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Breast screening: higher risk women

This document explains the NHS breast screening programme for women defined as being at higher risk of breast cancer.



Healthcare professionals can use this leaflet to explain breast screening.

It includes information about:

  • what the term ‘higher risk’ means
  • screening procedures
  • eligibility for screening
Published 1 April 2012
Last updated 17 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added information on use of gadolinium during MRI scans.
  2. Updated format of leaflet, to include information about data use and confidentiality.
  3. First published.