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Women offered NHS breast screening after missed invitations

Up to 309,000 women aged between 70 and 79 will be offered the opportunity for a catch-up NHS breast screening test this year.

The decision follows analysis by Public Health England (PHE) dating back to 2009, which found that a number of invitations for a final test had not been sent out to women, between their 68th and 71st birthday. The total number of older women affected since 2009 is estimated to be approximately 450,000.

The routine NHS breast screening programme invites more than 2.5 million women every year for a test, with women between the ages of 50 to 70 receiving a screen every three years until their 71st birthday. Around 2 million women take up the offer.