3,000 Western Isles women attend breast screening appointments to date

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Since the arrival of the breast screening unit in Stornoway, around 3,000 women have attended screening appointments across the Western Isles.

Although this is an encouraging figure, it still means that 13 per cent of women are not attending their scheduled appointments, despite the vital role that breast screening plays in detecting cancer.

The final stop for the breast screening unit is in Benbecula, and appointments will be held until June 26th. NHS Western Isles are encouraging women in the Western Isles to attend their breast screening appointments, stressing the life-saving role that screening plays.

Due to the heightened risk of breast cancer after the age of 50, all women in the Western Isles aged between 50 and 70 will receive a breast screening appointment at the mobile unit. Those unable to attend their scheduled appointment for any reason are being urged to contact the Breast Screening Centre as soon as possible so that their appointment can be rescheduled.

Women aged 71 and over are also encouraged to attend through self referral by contacting the Breast Screening Centre in Inverness on 01463 705416.

Convenor of the Lewis and Harris Breast Cancer Support Group Mary Macleod said: “The vast majority of results are clear, however it is vitally important that women attend their screening appointments to make sure that, if cancer is detected, it is picked up as early as possible.”