Mammography (taking x-rays of breast tissue) is organised from outside the practice. Please note that patients living over the border will be called separately by the Scottish breast screening service.
Screening takes place very 3 years in women aged 50 – 70. The Department of Health does not currently fund the routine screening of women below the age of 50 (effectively pre-menopausal women).
Screening is difficult in women who still have periods because the breast tissue changes with the monthly cycle. Nevertheless, it does advocate screening women who have a first degree relative who has had breast cancer (ie mother or sister) from 5 years before the age at which the relative was diagnosed.