Breast screening clinics resume
Urgent breast clinic referrals for imaging are still taking place. If you have been referred for imaging and are unsure whether to attend the hospital, contact your referring breast team or the mammography unit.
Following a temporary suspension of routine breast screening due to Covid-19, screening clinics have now resumed. However, please note that the department is currently experiencing several months waiting time.
A temporary suspension of breast screening supports physical distancing and will assist in efforts to minimise COVID-19 transmission in healthy people.
If your routine screening is now due, overdue or you have recently registered, and you are waiting for an appointment – you will now be on a waiting list. Appointments are being booked in priority order and you will be notified in writing as soon as an appointment is available.
If you have any urgent concerns or notice any worrying changes in your breasts that require medical attention, don’t wait until your screening appointment to raise those concerns, it is important to speak to your GP straightaway.
Find out more about being breast aware go to our
symptoms of breast cancer and reducing your risk page.
If you have any queries regarding breast screening contact us on +44 (0) 1534 443790 or
Who breast screening is offered to
If you're aged between 50 and 69, you can register for breast screening online by completing the
breast screening online registration form.
You have to register for breast screening as you won't automatically be invited for screening when you reach 50.
Once you've registered, you’ll then be invited for screening every two years.
Who breast screening is offered to
Breast screening (also known as a mammogram) is offered to all women aged between 50 and 69 because it's most effective in women aged 50 and over. The test is free.
Women younger than 50 aren't routinely offered breast screening because your breast tissue is too dense and mammograms aren't as effective.
Also, if you're younger than 50, your risk of breast cancer is generally very low.
Email the breast screening service
What happens during breast screening
Breast screening uses x-rays to look for breast cancers when they're too small to be seen or felt. The earlier breast cancer is found, the more successful the treatment.
Breast screening is carried out by female staff only. It takes place at the General Hospital at the Le Quesne Unit.
At your appointment, you'll:
be taken to the mammography examination room where you'll be asked to take off your gown
be guided into the correct position at the mammogram machine. One breast at a time will be placed between two special plates and pressed firmly between the plates for a few seconds. Two pictures are taken of each breast
be shown back to the changing room where you can get dressed and go home
You might find the test uncomfortable but any discomfort usually passes quickly.
You can expect to be at the hospital for about half an hour. The actual test only takes a few minutes to complete.
The results of your breast screening
You should receive your results, by post, within two weeks of your appointment.
Most women get a normal screening result meaning their mammogram shows no sign of cancer.
Around four in every 100 women have an abnormal result and are called back for more tests. This happens more often for women having their first mammogram because we don't have other mammograms to compare with.
Further tests might include more mammograms, an ultrasound scan or a biopsy.
If you're told you have breast cancer, you'll be cared for by a specialist breast cancer team. Most, but not all, cancers found at breast screening can be successfully treated.
Your breast cancer screening results on NHS Choices website
Risks and side effects of screening
Mammograms have been routinely used worldwide.
Having a mammogram means your'e exposed to a small amount of radiation.
No screening test is perfect. A normal result doesn't mean that you definitely don't have, or will never develop breast cancer.
Sometimes you'll be recalled for more tests, but cancer isn't there.
Screening can find cancers that are then treated but may never have caused harm.
Whether or not you go for breast screening, you should speak to your GP straightaway if you're worried about a breast problem.
Symptoms of breast cancer and reducing your risk
Performance of the Jersey breast screening programme
We run strict quality control checks and submit our results to the Cancer Screening Evaluation Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey. Our programme is also overseen by the chairman of the NHS Breast Screening Programme Quality Assurance Committee. We have consistently achieved the cancer detection targets set by this committee.
The Jersey Breast Screening Programme is also measured against the standards for the NHS Breast Screening Programme each year.