All women aged 50 or over can have breast screening once every three years. This is a free service under the NHS Cancer Screening Programme.

Because the programme is a rolling one, not every woman will receive an invitation as soon as she is 50, but she will have been invited by the time she is 53. The upper age limit for breast screening under the programme is 64, but women are encouraged to make their own appointment for screening after this age.

If you would like to check that you are included in the programme, or are over age and would like to arrange your own appointment, please contact the Chelmsford and Colchester Breast Screening Service on 01206 744749.

Please note that if you are concerned about a breast lump then you should make an appointment with one of the doctors, who may refer you to the appropriate service for further advice.