Annual mammographic screening from the age of 40 is recommended for women in the UK whose family history places them at a lifetime risk of developing breast cancer of ≥ 1:6 . While the clinical benefits of screening younger women at increased risk are not established, emerging evidence suggests screening may lead to increased survival . However, little is understood of the emotional impact of screening on women with a family history. This is particularly important in view of the increased likelihood of recall for further tests in women under 50 years old compared with those over 50 years old . A recent questionnaire study of the psychological impact of mammographic screening on women under 50 years old with a family history of breast cancer showed that, contrary to expectations, women who were recalled for further tests prior to an all-clear result reported significantly more positive feelings post result about screening than women not recalled . This complementary qualitative study explored the value women placed on having joined a programme of regular screening, and sought to understand the reactions of women who had received an initial all-clear result and who had received an all-clear result following further tests.