NHS breast screening is for women aged 50 to 71 and they will be invited every three years.

Breast screening (mammogram) checks use X-rays to look for cancers that are too small to see or feel.

Black Breasts Matter

We need to talk about breast cancer

Dame Denise Lewis talks about the importance of breast screening and why people from black African and Caribbean communities should educate and encourage each other.

“Why do black women go to the doctors to check concerns about their breasts so late, Mum?”

Watch mother and daughter talking about the importance of breast screening.

Myths and facts about breast screening

Myths and facts about Breast Cancer for black, African and Caribbean. Click the image to download a pdf version.

Did you know? 

  • You can't catch cancer from contact with or by talking to another person. 
  • Only female medical staff carry out a mammogram.
  • We have a diverse team of Asian and black African staff, and everyone is treated equally 

Know the facts and reality about breast screening and breast screening services, use reliable sources of information, like the NHS. Download the Black Breasts Matter myths and reality image and share among your friends and networks.

The NHS will invite you to your breast screening appointment when you are eligible, and when it is in your local area. When you receive it, please make and attend your appointment. If you think you’ve missed your breast screening appointment, contact your local breast screening unit or your GP practice. 

Be breast aware and if you notice a change in your breast or breasts, please contact your GP practice urgently.

What happens during an appointment and breast X-ray

We've locally produced a series of videos to explain what happens during an appointment and breast X-ray.

Information videos for the deaf community

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