Following years of campaigning the BreastCheck mobile screening unit came to Co Leitrim for the very first time this year. Eligible women aged 50 to 64 living in the county now have until early July to attend for screening.
Previously women had to travel to locations outside the county for this service but the mobile screening unit is now located at the car-park at the rear of the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.
A mammogram is a simple procedure that only takes minutes and a BreastCheck appointment only takes about half an hour in total. The aim of screening is to detect early breast cancer.
Majella Byrne, Acting Director of the National Cancer Screening Service said “We aim to provide services and facilities so that everyone, including people with special needs, can use the services. We hope that by providing screening at a convenient location that all eligible women within this community, especially those who have not availed of their invitation before, will consider the benefits. In most cases women who have a BreastCheck mammogram get a normal result, and where breast cancer is found early it is likely to be easier to treat.”
BreastCheck advises all women aged 50 to 64 to make sure their name is on the BreastCheck register by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or checking online at www.breastcheck.ie.
If a woman is not on the register she can register herself online in the ‘self search and register online’ section of www.breastcheck.ie or fill in a self registration form available from BreastCheck and return it by Freepost. Forms are available by calling the BreastCheck information line on 1800 45 45 55.