Following an investigation started in January 2018, Public Health England and NHS England identified that in some instances women were not being invited for their final breast screen between their 68th and 71st birthday.
Data has been analysed back to 2009 and an estimated 206,000 women on a GP register in England , now aged 70 - 79 years, will receive a letter. Those aged up to 72 will be sent a catch up screening invitation. Women aged 72 and above will be offered the opportunity for a screen. Routine breast screening will be unaffected and most women in these age groups will still have received their final screen.
The letter will tell women who had not reached their 72nd birthday by 1/4/2018 that they will be sent a catch-up invitation for a screen by their Breast Screening Service. Women who were between 72 and 79 years on 1/4/2018 will be given information and offered the chance to make a self-referral via the dedicated helpline. All women affected who would like to take up the invitation for a screen will be offered an appointment by the end of October 2018.
PHE is putting in place a helpline for women who want further information and for women who have cancer.
The Helpline telephone number is 0800 169 2692