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Screening - Breast cancer in women

If you are age 50 to 69 you'll be offered breast screening every 2 years. This is because the risk of breast cancer increases as you get older.

Breast screening helps find breast cancer at an early stage. It is only for if you feel healthy or have no symptoms.

Non-urgent advice: Go to your GP:

if you have any symptoms of breast cancer

If breast cancer is found early, it’s easier to treat and there’s a better chance of recovery.

Benefits and limitations of breast cancer screening

What breast screening involves

Breast screening involves having a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray of your breast. It is used to find breast cancer when it is too small to see or feel.

Most results are normal and no cancer is found.

Breast screening does not find all breast cancer. But screening lowers the number of women dying from breast cancer.

Content supplied by the NHS and adapted for Ireland by the HSE

Page last reviewed: 11 October 2023
Next review due: 11 October 2026

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 123.