Info on Breast Screening

As Scotland marks 20 years of the full national delivery of breast screening, NHSScotland’s Scottish Breast Screening Programme is introducing a new comprehensive information leaflet.

The new resource updates the current leaflet provided to women eligible for screening. It was developed in consultation with cancer charities across Scotland, and has been informed by the leaflet produced for the breast screening programme in England.

In order to ensure women have all the information needed to make an informed choice regarding breast screening, the leaflets will be provided with the invitations to screening appointments and on-line.

NHS Western Isles Public Health Practitioner Sara Bartram, said: “Women in the Western Isles aged between 50 and 70 will receive an invitation for a free mammogram every three years. Women aged over 70 don’t receive invitations, but are encouraged to make their own screening appointments every three years.

“The aim of breast screening is to detect cancers at an early stage; making them easier to treat effectively. The new leaflet, which provides detailed up to date information about the benefits of breast screening, will be in circulation shortly and we would encourage all women who receive it to read it carefully.”

She added: “The breast screening mobile unit has been providing appointments in Lewis for the past few months and it will be moving to Harris at the beginning of May. NHS Western Isles would strongly urge women to attend if they have received an appointment letter, or if it has been three years since their last appointment.”

Audrey Birt, Director for Scotland at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and speaking on behalf of Breast Cancer Care Scotland and the Scottish Breast Cancer Campaign, said: “Early diagnosis is vital for increasing the chance of successful treatment and screening is central to this. Scotland’s breast cancer organisations welcome this updated leaflet as it explains in simple terms what is involved and why it is important. We hope this leaflet will help women make an informed choice about screening and ultimately lead to more women attending.”