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I'm 46 yrs old have no history of cancer yet I've been sent an appt for a breast screening appt for next month. The accompanying letter says it offers early screening to some patients, but I haven't asked to be seen! has anyone else had experience of this?
There has been some talk of lowering the age for 1st screening for some time. You ought to be pleased! In Europe and especially France I think they start screening at 40. It's nothing to do with your personal risk- it's mass screening. You can refuse if you don't want it.
oh sorry Ledkr I didn't know that hmmm maybe I should count my blessings and be grateful that I can have an early check, I just wondered if there was any reason for it but it seems random. thanks for your answers
In London it is because of a 10 year trial to extend the age group by 3 years at each end - 47 and 73 if you see what I mean. If this shows that they catch more breast cancers then it will be rolled out for everyone. I was told it was 10% of all women in my area randomly getting an early/late screen. I counted my self very lucky last year to get the extra one!
I live in Belgium and here it's annual screening from the age of 40. I'm glad - a friend of mine was diagnosed very, very early in her early 40s - they said it wouldn't have become a noticeable lump for at least another 10 years so definitely wouldn't have been discovered without screening.
I find it a bit strange though that they don't explain how or why some are selected for early screening, as in your case.
I lived in Hungary for six years from age 40 and had one every year. All fine. Moved back to uk 4.5 years ago and have just been called for my first mammogram here at age 51. Was called back yesterday and they found something. Had further images taken yesterday and an ultrasound an biopsy. Mine would not have been a lump yet either. At this stage it is just odd looking calcium deposits.