It saves around 130 lives in Scotland every year and only takes about 10 minutes – so island women are being urged 'Don't get scared, get screened'.

If you're a woman over 50, the combination of checking your breasts yourself and attending your regular breast screening appointments gives you the best chance of being diagnosed early – and surviving breast cancer.

The Breast Screening bus is now in the Western Isles from February until June this year; and island ladies are urged to look out for and attend their appointments.

NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts, said: “Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in Western Isles women but it's also very treatable when caught early.

“Taking up your breast screening appointment is important. The appointment takes only a few minutes. It involves having X-ray images taken of your breasts (mammograms).”

In the last round of screening for Western Isles women, which took place three years ago, only four our of five women took up the opportunity of being screened.

If you are due to attend for the first time, or are apprehensive about your appointment, NHS Western Isles recommend watching the Health Scotland video in which actress Elaine C. Smith has her breast screening appointment – click here to view.

The Breast Screening bus will visit sites across the Western Isles this year. Dates for screening at each location are: 

Lewis – Western Isles Hospital car park from February 6th to May 17th.

Harris – Harris Inn car park, next to Doctors surgery from May 18th to May 30th.

Uist – Uist and Barra Hospital car park from June 12th to June 14th.

Barra – Pier car park from June 5th to June 8th.

If you are eligible for breast screening and do not receive an appointment within these dates, please contact your GP practice and let them know.