Having a strong family history of breast cancer
Women with a strong family history of breast cancer are encouraged to start breast screening from the age of 40.
A woman is said to have a strong family history if she has one of the following:
- a first-degree relative (mother/sister/daughter, father/brother/son) with breast cancer diagnosed before the age of 50
- a first-degree relative with cancer in both breasts (diagnosed at any age)
- two or more first-degree relatives with breast cancer (diagnosed at any age).
We recommend that you discuss your individual circumstances with your GP.