Women have been told to have regular screenings to ensure that breast cancer treatment can begin as early as possible, because this will give the best chance of survival, according to a medical charity.
The Breast Cancer Campaign's director of research and policy Arlene Wilkie pointed out that screenings save lives, so women are advised not to miss their NHS check-ups.
Last month, Cancer Research UK announced the results of research which indicated that 600 lives could be saved per year if every female attended appointments that they are invited to.
Ms Wilkie noted that the number of ladies attending these screenings is falling, which is of concern to her.
She said: "The incidence of breast cancer is rising and we know that the earlier breast cancer is detected the greater the chances of survival."
Women over the age of 50 who have not received an invite to a screening in the past three years should get in touch with their local GP to arrange an appointment, added Ms Wilkie.