New video explains all about breast screening

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
A new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for breast screening has been produced by the Public Health Agency (PHA). It covers the whole process of screening – from receiving the invitation letter to getting the results. The video is aimed at women who have never attended for breast screening or who have been invited for the first time. Breast screening mammogragher Claire Clarke from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust who features in the video said, “Some women feel nervous before arriving for their screening, particularly if it is their first time. “They are not just worried about the outcome of the screening, but they are also worried about the actual mammogram itself. For some, the imagined experience can be so daunting it can actually put them off attending. “This video shows women how warm and welcoming the screening units are and they also get to see the digital mammography machine, which is not at all frightening. Hopefully this video will reassure and encourage women to attend for screening.” In 2012/2013 there were 64,000 women invited for screening across Northern Ireland, of whom 74% were screened. Dr Adrian Mairs, Quality Assurance Director for the Northern Ireland Breast Screening Programme at the PHA, said: “Most women who are invited for breast screening attend for regular mammograms. “Our new video will let women who have never attended in the past see what is involved and I hope it will encourage them to discuss breast screening with their friends and family.” Most women who attend for breast screening will have normal mammograms. Out of every 100 women who attend for screening about four are asked to come back for further tests. Three out of these four will have a normal result. In 2012/13, a total of 432 breast cancers were detected – that equates to more than one woman per day who previously did not know they had cancer, but who are now getting early treatment.   The breast screening video can be viewed by clicking HERE.
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