North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Service


The North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Service is part of the National Breast Screening Programme and provides a free breast screening service for eligible well women, serving residents in North Lancashire and South Cumbria. We aim to provide and promote an efficient and effective, high quality breast screening service, to all eligible women within a caring environment.

Breast screening aims to find breast cancer at an early stage, often before there are any symptoms. To do this, an x-ray is taken of each breast (mammogram). Early detection may often mean simpler and more successful treatment.

Changing your appointment

If you already have received an appointment, but would like to change it, please contact the office on 01524 518699 to rearrange it. Or please complete an appointment request form.

When will I be invited for breast screening?

The North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Service invites around 125,000 women every three years for screening. Screening is organised according to your GP practice. Once every three years your GP practice will be contacted and all eligible women will be routinely invited.

The aim of breast screening is to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, often before the woman is aware of any problem. Early detection may mean simpler and more successful treatment. Scientific evidence shows that regular breast screening, between the ages of 50 - 70 years, reduces the death rate from breast cancer. Currently the NHS Breast Screening Programme saves an estimated 1400 lives each year in England.

To enable women to be screened closer to home, breast screening is carried out at a number of sites across the region. The NHS Breast Screening Programme is subject to monitoring by the Screening Quality Assurance Service. It ensures rigorous quality assurance standards are maintained.

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One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some time in their life. 80% of breast cancers occur in women over 50. The risk of breast cancer rises as women get older. This is why the breast screening programme only targets women in this age group. 

Breast Screening can help to find small changes in the breast before there are any other signs or symptoms. Early detection may mean simpler and more successful treatment. 

The NHS Breast Screening Programme is an effective part of the UK's efforts to reduce the death toll from breast cancer. The latest research shows the NHS Breast Screening Programme is now saving 1400 lives every year in England. 

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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. 

Age extension is being phased in across the country following the Cancer Reform Strategy which was announced in December 2007. Programmes will begin inviting women aged 47 - 73 meaning that eventually women will receive two extra screening invitations in their lifetime.

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 doctor’s practices 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

Due to Age Extension we have begun to invite a random sample of women up to the age of 73. If you are over 70 and have not received an invitation, please telephone the office on 01524 518699 to make an appointment.

Updated November 2018

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Contact Us

North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Care Unit
Ashton Court
Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Tel: 01524 518699

Fax: 01524 583588

Email: Email us

Opening times: 9:00-17:00 (Monday to Friday)
(All enquires and change of appointments are handled at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, this also applies to Westmorland General Hospital and Furness General Hospital screening appointments).

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