Breast screening appointments available for women in Grantham

Women in Grantham are being invited to attend free breast screening appointments over the next few weeks. (May 2018).

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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) countywide Breast Screening Service will automatically be inviting women aged between 50 and 70, who are registered at Swingbridge Surgery in the town to attend an appointment in the Emerald Suite (breast unit) at Grantham and District Hospital.

Women aged 71 years and over who would like to be screened are welcome to ring the administration office to make an appointment at their convenience on 01522 573999.

The service also belongs to the National Age Extension Pilot Scheme where a selection of women aged between 47 to 49 years and 71 to 73 years from the practice will be automatically invited for screening.

Screening Office Manager, Alysa Page, from ULHT said: “Early detection of breast cancer is crucial in improving a woman’s prognosis and so we strongly encourage women to attend a breast screening session.

“Little is known about how to prevent breast cancer, but the earlier it is found the better the chance for successful treatment.

“About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime and there’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in its early stages.

“Providing a screening service is part of the work being done to reduce this life threatening disease.”

For further information about the breast screening service please contact the administration office on 01522 573999.

Breast screening is carried out every three years for all women in the UK aged 50 and over.

Anyone who experiences any symptoms before being invited or between their routine three yearly invitations to a screening appointment should always contact their GP.

Women aged 71 and over who would like to have a mammogram are encouraged to contact their local screening office for an appointment.