Mobile Breast Screening Service arrives in Crossmaglen

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
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Breast screening services are available from Wednesday 4th November 2015 in the GP Practice, McCormick Place, Crossmaglen for a 9 week period. breast screen1If you are aged between 50 and 70 and have a GP in Crossmaglen, Mullaghbawn or Newtownhamilton you will receive an invitation to attend from your GP. Over the past 20 years the Southern Trust has provided a free breast screening service to all women aged 50-70 years. Unfortunately throughout this period the uptake in the Crossmaglen area has consistently been significantly lower than other areas. In an attempt to improve attendance, the Trust has funded a pilot session for 9 weeks. Instead of being asked to travel to Newry for breast screening, local women will be able to access breast screening via the new digital trailer, with state of the art technology, which will be parked in the GP Practice, McCormick Place, Crossmaglen. Dr Linda Johnston, Director of Breast Screening for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust explained, “The new units are fully digital meaning that images are no longer printed onto film but are viewed and stored electronically. breast3“Image quality is higher which will assure ladies attending for their mammograms that the SHSCT offers them the latest technology to help improve early detection of breast cancer. Approximately 1,300 lives are saved each year in the UK as a result of the Breast Screening Programme.” You can view a Public Health Agency video to see what to expect when attending for breast screening by clicking HERE. Women aged over 70 are entitled to avail of breast screening if they wish but do not receive an automatic invitation. They can ring to request an appointment on 028 3839 7020. Details of the dates and locations where you will be able to see the units across Northern Ireland is available by clicking HERE.
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