Breast screening

Breast screening is a way of checking for breast cancer and can help find lumps which might not be large enough to feel or be seen. These can be cancerous.

Breast screening means having regular x-rays called mammograms which some women can find uncomfortable.

Let the breast screening service know if you:

  • need additional support to access and attend screening
  • have a pacemaker, other medical device or breast implants
  • have had a mammogram in the last six months
  • are currently under the care of a breast consultant.

If you are trans or non-binary you can have breast screening if you were:

  • Assigned female at birth and have not had surgery to remove your breasts
  • Assigned male at birth and have taken feminising hormones for 2 years or more.

Know what’s normal for you and if you notice changes in how your breasts look or feel contact your doctor.

Cervical screening

A cervical screen (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. You should get regular tests when you are eligible to do so.

It is not a test for cancer, it's a test to help prevent cancer as it can help identify changes in your cervix which may suggest pre-cancerous changes.

The screening involves taking a small sample of cells from your cervix. This will be checked for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cells of your cervix. These are called "high risk" types of HPV.

If the high-risk types of HPV are found, the sample is then checked for any changes in the cells of your cervix. These can then be treated before they get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.