Mammogram and other tests

A mammogram is a breast x-ray. It can help detect breast cancer, even before there are any obvious signs or symptoms.

In the UK, women between 50 and 70 are invited to have a mammogram every three years as part of a national breast screening programme.

You may also have a mammogram if you’ve been referred to a breast clinic by your GP or been called back to a breast assessment clinic following routine screening.

If you’ve been referred to a clinic, you may have other tests as well as a mammogram, including:

These tests, along with some others, are described on the following pages, as well as what happens when you get your results.

Using more than one test makes the breast assessment more thorough. A breast examination, mammogram/ultrasound scan and FNA/core biopsy of the breast are known as a triple assessment.

Last reviewed: January 2014
Next planned review is January 2016

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