3 IN 10 WOMEN DON’T ATTEND THEIR FREE BREAST SCREENING INVITATIONS – HAVE YOU BEEN SCREENED?

  • Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women in this country
  • One in eight women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer as some point during their lives
  • Over 45,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year of which over 13,000 will be women aged 70 or over
  • In England approximately 5,400 women over 70 die from breast cancer each year, this equates to 15 per day

If breast cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage for women over 70, 93% will survive for at least five years.  This figure is just 13% at the most advanced stage of the disease

All women registered with a GP aged 50 to 70 are invited for breast screening every three years. Some older and younger women will also be invited as part of a study into screening throughout different age groups.

If you are over 70 years old, you are still at risk of breast cancer, although you will no longer automatically get screening invitations after you turn 70, you can still have breast screening every three years.  Please do contact your local breast screening unit for an appointment.

 Why don’t women attend their breast screening appointments?

  • I DON’T HAVE THE TIME

A breast screen (mammogram) takes just eight minutes and could save your life

  • IT’S UNCOMFORTABLE

Some women may find the experience uncomfortable however the benefits of screening far outweigh any possible discomfort

  • THERE’S NO BREAST CANCER IN MY FAMILY

Four in five women and men who are diagnosed do not have a family history of breast cancer

  • I DON’T WANT TO KNOW
  • Only one in 100 women screened nationally will be diagnosed with breast cancer

BURY SURGERIES who are being screened at the moment are:

Knowsley Medical Centre

BURY SURGERIES who will be screening in the next few months are:

Blackford House Medical Centre

Walmsley Medical Centre

Mile Lane Health Centre

For more information contact Tracy Collard, Cancer Screening Improvement Lead on tracy.collard@boltonft.nhs.uk or 01204 390454