National breast cancer screening recall

You may have seen in the national news that up to 309,000 women across the country aged between 70 and 79 will be offered the opportunity for a catch-up NHS breast screening test this year.

The decision follows analysis by Public Health England (PHE) dating back to 2009, which found that a number of invitations for a final test had not been sent out to women, between their 68th and 71st birthday.

The total number of older women affected across the country since 2009 is estimated to be approximately 450,000.

You can find more information on Public Health England's website:


If you have been affected by this national issue, and would like to speak to someone, please ring the PHE helpline on 0800 169 2692 (Freephone).