Breast screening is a method of detecting breast cancer at a very early stage. The first step involves an x-ray of each breast – a mammogram, which is taken while carefully compressing the breast. Most women find it a bit uncomfortable and a few find it a little painful. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor.
Page last updated: 4 August, 2021