A round of breast screening is set to take place throughout the Western Isles from April to June.
The dates for each screening in each location are:
- Lewis: 21st January to 17th April 2020
- Harris: 27th April to 7th May 2020
- Barra: 11th May to 14th May 2020
- Uist: 18th May to 12th June 2020
If you’re a woman over 50, the combination of checking your breasts and attending your regular breast screening appointments gives you the best chance of being diagnosed early - and surviving - breast cancer.
In the last round of screening across the Western Isles, which took place in 2017, almost one in four women didn’t take up the offer of screening, with only 77 per cent of women attending their appointment.
Ignoring the invitation leaves women at risk.
NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts, said: “Breast cancer remains a common cancer in Scottish women but it’s also very treatable when caught early. I encourage every woman who receives an invitation for breast screening, to attend their appointment. We are using locations across the islands to make it easier for women to be screened; the appointment only takes a few minutes and the staff are welcoming and helpful.”
Attending your appointment is important. It involves having X-ray images taken of your breasts (mammograms). If you are due to attend for the first time or are worried about what might happen in the appointment, we recommend you have a look at the Health Scotland video, in which actress Elaine C Smith has her breast screening appointment. The video is available here.
- There are 4,700 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year in Scotland.
- Breast screening only takes about 10 minutes and could save your life.
- Breast screening detects tiny cancers, when they are often less advanced and easier to treat.
The breast screening bus will be in locations across the Western Isles from January until June 2020 so look out for it and for your appointment.
If you are over 70 and wish to be screened you can book an appointment by calling 01463 705416.