Mobile breast screening in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 13:23 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:43 15 June 2010

A LIFE-saving screening programme, aimed at catching breast cancer in its early stages will begin in Seaton next week.

A LIFE-saving screening programme, aimed at catching breast cancer in its early stages will begin in Seaton next week. A digital mobile breast screening unit, which is the only one in the South West and allows for clearer images and more accurate diagnosis, will be in the Underfleet car park from Decmber 15 to January 27. Devon Primary Care Trust wants women aged between 50 and 64 to have a mammogram every three years as part of the programme as screening plays an important role in the early detection of cancers and abnormalities, and can improve the survival of patients if diagnosed with cancer. Dr Virginia Pearson, director of public health for Devon Primary Care Trust, said: "Women of all ages should be breast aware. "This means becoming familiar with how their breasts look and feel normally, knowing what changes to look for, and speaking to their GP immediately if they have any concerns."Early detection of breast cancer is crucial to improving a woman's prognosis and we strongly encourage women over 50 to attend not only their first screening, but also every other appointment after that." Screening has reduced breast cancer death rates by up to a quarter in women within the screening age range according to CancerResearchUK, However 45 per cent of eligible women in the South West missed appointments. Dr Gabriel Scally, regional director of public health for NHS South West, said: "This is the most effective way of detecting breast cancer early. "The risk of breast cancer increases as women get older and it's crucial that women get breast screening on a regular basis."Anybody wanting to make an appointment can call the Breast Screening Service on 01392 262600. Women over 70 with concerns can self-refer themselves to the unit.

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