Breast cancer screening 

One in eight women will possibly develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Of these women, some will be unfortunate enough to have a recurrence of the cancer. Although breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, many women with breast cancer have no symptoms – this is exactly why regular breast cancer screening is so important.

What is breast cancer screening? 

Breast cancer screening is the process of checking a woman’s breasts for signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help aid in the early identification of breast cancer when it is as its easiest to treat. 

Breast Cancer screening tests 

Trials have shown that there has been a 33% decrease in deaths from breast cancer in women ages 40 and above who go for regular screening. 


Mammography is the most common screening test for breast cancer. Early detection with routine mammograms can improve survival rate of 5 years by 100%. Despite what most people think, mammograms are perfectly safe. We are exposed to daily background radiation in our environments all the time. A mammogram is equal to approximately two months of background radiation

Breast MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses radio waves to take pictures of the breast. Breast MRIs are often used alongside mammograms to screen women who are at high risk of getting breast cancer. Factors that put women at high risk include:

·         Family history of breast cancer

·         Certain genetic syndromes

·         Certain gene changes                  

·         Previous breast cancer                  

Breast cancer screening FAQs

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions around breast cancer screening. 

When should you screen for breast cancer?

Generally, breast cancer screening is not recommended for women under the age of 40. However, for those with genetic mutations, screening can begin at 25. For women with a family history of breast cancer, screening is recommended 10 years earlier than the first affected family relative. 

What are the benefits of breast cancer screening?

Although screening does not prevent cancer, it can help save lives through the early identification of breast cancer. Breast cancers detected through screening often tend to be smaller, with better prognostic features. 

What happens if I need further testing?

If there is any need for further testing after breast cancer screening tests have been completed, a biopsy will be taken to be examined.

Book a breast cancer screening today 

Kindly fill out the form below and we’ll help you arrange your breast cancer screening appointment and will answer any other questions you might have. 

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