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How breast screening saves over 1,300 lives every year

Over two million women are screened for breast cancer every year in the UK. As it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day, we would like to highlight how easy it is to arrange a Breast Screening appointment. Breast Screening saves the lives of about 1,300 women every year in this country*.

Women between the ages of 50 and 71 are invited to the free screening programme every three years.

Women that are invited to attend a screening appointment will receive a letter from the NHS asking them to book their appointment. Please phone the number on the letter and we will try to give you an appointment at a time and a place which is suitable for you. In the West Devon and East Cornwall area, this could be at the Primrose Breast Care Unit, at Derriford hospital, at the Guildhall in Plymouth city centre or at our mobile unit that roams around the area, including Saltash, Torpoint, Tavistock, Liskeard… (more information on location here).

When you attend your appointment, you’ll be greeted by our lovely and caring staff who will explain the procedure. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you might have. The female radiographer that will be with you in the mammography room will look after you throughout the process. A breast screening appointment usually takes less than 15 minutes in total, and the mammogram itself takes about 5 minutes. A lot of women worry that it will hurt. It can be uncomfortable but only for a short time. Most women tell us it is much easier than they thought it would be.

The whole appointment will take place in a clean and safe environment, that has easy access for people with disabilities. You will be cared for by our professional and supportive team at all times.

We let you know the results within 2 weeks. If we find something that requires further tests, an appointment will be sent to you.

Breast cancer is common. 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Breast Screening is free so make the most of this opportunity. Breast screening is all about finding cancer early because if we do, the outcome is better. Breast screening really does saves lives!

Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Make time to attend your breast screening appointment. It could save YOUR life!


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