South West London Breast Screening Programme
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Your mammograms (x-rays) will be reviewed and the results sent to you within two weeks. Your GP will also be notified of your results.

There are 3 possible results

1. Normal

Your mammograms have shown no signs of cancer and you will be invited again in 3 years time for your next routine screen. If by then you are over 70, please contact us for an appointment nearer the time.

2. Technical Repeat

The mammogram needs to be repeated for technical reasons only. Occasionally not all of the breast tissue can be seen on the xrays or the pictures may be blurred. The mammogram is repeated to ensure all the breast tissue can be clearly seen. Approximately 3 out of every 100 women screened will be called back for a technical repeat to get a good quality mammogram. You will be invited to attend the screening unit where you had your original mammogram. If this is inconvenient, you can contact us to arrange an alternate appointment.

3. Assessment

Sometimes we need more detail about an area we have seen on your mammogram before we can decide on a result. If this is the case you will receive an appointment to attend our assessment clinic at the Rose Centre, St Georges Hospital. An assessment appointment may also be needed if you reported a symptom or change in your breast at the time you came for screening. This additional appointment is part of routine screening and for most women invited back nothing of concern will be found. Approximately 5 out of 100 women who have breast screening will be asked to come back to our clinic for a further assessment. Of these 5 women, 4 will be found to have a normal result. Any women invited to an assessment clinic will be able to speak to a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) if they want more information before attending: contact us.
More information about what happens at this appointment


The Rose Centre

What is a Mammography

The Rose Centre opened in 2011. This modern facility provides Breast Screening for women local to St.Georges Hospital. The centre is also a diagnostic centre for all women screened in South West London. Having been formerly based at the Duchess of Kent Unit for many years it was a welcome move to this site.

Step-by-Step Guide

step by step guide

Understand what's involved in having a breast x-ray (mammogram).

Download the guide (multilingual)

About Breast Screening

What is a Mammography

Breast Screening (Mammography) is an x-ray examination of the breasts and is a method of finding breast cancer at a very early stage.

Learn more about screening

Where We Screen

We screen at various convenient places across South West London.

Find out where we screen

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