Breast Screening Referral Guidelines

Women aged 50 - 70 

All women between 50 and 70 years who are registered with a GP are eligible for screening. A list is compiled from GP records, so it is important to make sure your details are correct. 

The invitation is sent out automatically, so there is no need to phone and make your own appointment. All women will receive their first invitation for a mammogram sometime between their 50th and 53rd birthdays. 

We invite each GP practice for screening in turn, so women will not necessarily get their invitation in the year that they turn 50. As long as you are registered with a GP, you will receive an invitation before your 53rd birthday.


Women over 70 

Women over 70 are encouraged to make their own appointment by contacting the breast screening service.


Age Extension 

In January 2011 the Cancer Reform Strategy was published which contained the Government's plans to extend the ages of eligibility for routine breast screening to the 47 - 49 and 71 - 73 age groups. This is undergoing a randomised control trial across the UK prior to a full roll out around 2016. Gloucestershire Breast Screening Service is a member of the trial site group

This means that all women will get two extra screening invitations in their lifetime. It also means that all women will get their first screening invitation by their 50th birthday.

This link will open the Controlled Trials web site.


High Risk Women – Family History 

Some women may fall into a group where there may be an increased risk of developing breast cancer due to their family history.

These women should be referred to the Clinical Genetics Service at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where their clinical risk can be assessed. An appropriate surveillance regime can then be recommended for that individual.

The genetics department will notify Gloucestershire Breast Screening Service if that individual is eligible to join the Family History Screening programme where the appropriate invitations for screening will be made.

At the age of 50 the individual would routinely be transferred to the National Breast Screening programme when they will receive an invitation for screening every three years.