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What is a breast screen?

Cancer screening involves testing apparently healthy people for signs that could show that cancer is developing.

Breast screening uses a test called mammography which involves taking x-rays of the breasts. Screening can help to find breast cancers early when they are too small to see or feel. These tiny breast cancers are usually easier to treat than larger ones.

Overall, the breast screening program finds cancer in about 8 out of every 1,000 women having screening.

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