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Annual mammograms

I am 68 years old and last had a mammogram 3 years and 3 months ago. I had a mastectomy 8 years ago and had annual mammograms for 5 years. Should I have another one yet? I have not been sent an appointment.

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The answer

In terms of follow up and screening this is usually determined by your original treating consultant. It is normal for regular screening to be performed on the remaining breast and depending on the type of mastectomy performed sometimes on this side as well.

Given your history and absence of any screening in the previous three years we do feel it would be very prudent for you to speak to your GP to discuss this to ensure you continue to be regularly screened.

Additionally, routine breast screening is performed up to the age of 70 every three years and often more frequently in breast cancer survivors. Under the circumstances therefore a chat with your GP to arrange both a scan and to establish screening frequency in the future would seem to be both useful and the right thing to do.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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