South West London Breast Screening Service
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The South West London Breast Screening Service provides breast screening, using breast x-rays (mammograms) for women registered with a GP in the areas covered by Croydon, Kingston, Richmond, Twickenham, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth. The aim of breast screening is to detect cancer at an early stage when treatment may often be simpler and more effective.
All women aged 47 to 73 , registered with a South West London GP are invited to breast screening once every three years. Women over 73 can self-refer to continue routine screening by calling the Breast Screening Unit for an appointment.
Currently more than 210,000 women are invited for screening during each three-year screening cycle. South West London Breast Screening is co-ordinated from the Rose Centre at St Georges’ Hospital In order to enable women to be screened closer to home there are also screening sites across South West London. These are at Teddington Memorial Hospital, Surbiton Hospital, Edridge Road Community Health Centre, Croydon, Robin Hood Lane Health Centre, Sutton Kingston Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton.
Breast Screening is a well woman service and approximately 95 per cent of women who attend will get a normal result. Approximately 5% are called back to our consultant led assessment clinic at the Rose Centre for further tests, including further mammography, ultrasound and needle biopsy. For every five women recalled four women will go on to receive a normal result.
It is important to continue to be breast aware in-between breast screening appointments. It is also important that women of any age, with changes in their breasts which concern them, should go directly to their GP for further advice.
For all enquiries about breast screening please call 020 8725 2723.
For further information about Breast Screening please visit our website at www.swlbreastscreening.co.uk
For further information about all cancer screening available on the NHS go to http://cancerscreening.nhs.uk.
Based at the Rose Centre, St George’s National Breast Screening Training Centre provides specialist training for staff working in breast screening, This is one of only five such centres in England. For further information please contact 020 87251534
020 8725 2723
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020 8725 2725
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Women aged 50-70 by invitation every three years. Women over 70 by appointment every three years.