Private mammogram

Hi, I was diagnosed in 2015, aged 43, and had biannual mammograms for the first five years, then annually for the years following. I was told I’d have mammograms for ten years. At last year’s mammogram results appointment I was discharged because, at the age of 51, I would be joining the over 50’s call up for mammograms every three years. Thrilled to be discharged but it feels a bit scary not having a mammogram and not knowing when my next one will be. So, I was wondering whether to go privately for one each year. Is it necessary do you think?
Thankyou for your time.

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Hi mouse1

Thanks for posting.

It is understandable that it feels scary knowing the frequency of your mammograms is reducing.

There is guidance regarding the frequency of follow up mammograms after breast cancer treatment which you may find helpful to read. This does not include having six monthly mammograms so it’s not clear why you would have initially been offered these. Yearly mammograms for 5 years or until the age of 50 are standard practice. Some people choose to continue annual mammograms privately for peace of mind as you have mentioned. Do discuss this with your GP as you don’t want to have scans unnecessarily.

We also provide information about what symptoms to be aware of in between mammograms and coping with the worry of recurrence.

We often hear what an anxious time it is when annual follow up has finished. It’s natural to worry about the cancer coming back, so it can sometimes be helpful to share your experiences with other people who may have been through something similar. Our Someone Like Me service may be helpful.

You can also find tips on moving forward after breast cancer in BECCA, our free app

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