The UK NSC recommendation on Breast Cancer screening in women over 50

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended
Last review completed April 2019
Next review due in 2022/23
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Evidence to support continuation or cessation of existing screening programmes should be reviewed regularly. The process for this is currently being revised, which is why this topic does not currently have a review date. The new process will be published in due course. Each programme has an active portfolio of research, evidence and audit to support continual improvement. Find out more about breast cancer screening in England.


Find general information about population health screening.

More about Breast Cancer

In the UK, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. Approximately 45,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year, usually in women who are over 50 years of age and who have reached menopause. However, it is possible for women of any age to be affected by breast cancer and, in rare cases, the condition can also affect men.

» Read more about breast cancer screening on NHS UK

» Read more about breast cancer on Cancerbackup

Screening in the UK

Compare how screening is offered across the UK.


Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Now
The British Association for Cancer Research
British Association of Surgical Oncology
Cancer Research UK
Faculty of Public Health
Northern Ireland Cancer Network
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Radiologists
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Society and College of Radiographers

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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