Join over 450,000 women who have already taken part in BreastCheck

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BreastCheck is reminding all women aged between 50 and 64 to attend their regular mammogram when invited. The programme also encourages women in the age range to make sure they are on the BreastCheck register by checking online at or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55. For those women who have never been part of BreastCheck, there is a short video about having a mammogram on the website, showing exactly what happens at the appointment.

Most women aged 50-64 have had at least one free BreastCheck mammogram, and eight out of every ten women come for their next mammogram when they get their appointment. However, the overall numbers of women taking part in the programme are falling and BreastCheck is particularly concerned that women in their early 50s are becoming less likely to go for their appointment.

The risk of breast cancer increases with age and it is important women aged 50-64 avail of their regular free mammogram every two years so that changes can be identified at an early stage. At this point, if a breast cancer is find it is generally easier to treat and there are more treatment options available.

Since BreastCheck began in February 2000 it has provided more than one million mammograms to over 470,000 women and detected over 8,000 cancers.

A BreastCheck appointment only takes 30 minutes. It's quick, it's easy and it's free. Join the many other women participating, and be part of the programme.The vast majority of women screened are found to be perfectly healthy.

BreastCheck encourages all women, regardless of age or participation in screening to remain breast aware at all times and to contact their GP without delay if they have any concerns regarding breast cancer.

Be breast aware

  • No matter what age you are, it is important to always be breast aware.
  • Know what is normal for your body.
  • Know what changes you should look for.

What changes should I look and feel for?

  • Any lumps or unusual thickening in your breast
  • Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin
  • A nipple that appears to be pulled-in or flattened
  • A rash or flaky or crusted skin around the nipple
  • A change in the size or shape of your breast
  • Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
  • Constant pain in one part of your breast or armpit