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Results

Your mammograms are reviewed and the results will be sent to you within two weeks. Your GP will also be notified of your results.

There are 3 possible results

1. Normal

Your x-rays have shown no signs of cancer and you will be invited again in 3 years time for your next routine screen. If by then you are over 70 then please contact us for an appointment nearer the time, if you do not automatically receive an appointment letter as part of the age extension pilot.

2. Technical Repeat

The mammogram needs to be repeated for technical reasons only. Occasionally not all of the breast tissue can be seen on the xrays or the pictures may be blurred. The mammogram is repeated to ensure all the breast tissue can be clearly seen. Approximately 3 out of every 100 women screened will be called back for a technical repeat to get a good quality mammogram. You will be invited to attend the screening unit at Edgware Community Hospital or Forest Road Polyclinic so that your repeated x-rays can be checked for technical quality before you leave.

3. Assessment

Sometimes we need more detail about an area we have seen on you mammogram before we can decide on a result. If this is the case you will receive an appointment to attend our assessment clinic at Edgware Community Hospital. This additional appointment is part of routine screening and for most women invited back nothing of concern will be found. Approximately 5 out of 100 women who have breast screening will be asked to come back to our clinic for a further examination. 4 of these 5 women will be found to have a normal result. Any women invited to an assessment clinic will be able to speak to a breast care nurse if they want more information before attending.
More information about what happens at this appointment

   

Step-by-Step Guide

step by step guide

Understand what's involved in having a breast x-ray (mammogram).

Download the guide (multilingual)

About Breast Screening

What is a Mammography

Breast Screening (Mammography) is an x-ray examination of the breasts and is a method of finding breast cancer at a very early stage.

Learn more about screening

Where We Screen

Where do we screen

We screen at various convenient places across North London.

Find out where we screen

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