New figures released today (Tuesday 29 April) reveal that more women in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area are missing breast screening appointments than in any other area in Scotland.
With only 68 per cent of women in the NHSGGC area attending their appointment against a national target of 70 per cent NHSGGC is reiterating its call to as many women as possible to attend their appointment.
Breast screening is offered to women aged between 50 and 70 years and helps to detect any potential problems which may need further investigation.
From 2010 until 2013, 152,447 women were to attend for a breast screening and of these 105,294 attended their appointment.
Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr Emilia Crighton said: “Screening can find breast cancer before you think anything might be wrong. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better chance you have of surviving it. It is therefore worrying that more than a third of women are not attending for this screening test.
“We are looking at different ways of engaging with women – from text reminders to working with local community groups.
“I would encourage all women who receive an invitation for a mammogram to consider the offer of screening to make an informed choice about their health.”
“There are also things women can do to reduce their risk of breast cancer – have a couple of alcohol-free days each week; exercise, simply by walking 30 minutes each day; use a small plate to help reduce portion sizes; snacks of fresh fruit and vegetables instead of high fat or sugary snacks and checking breasts regularly.”
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For more information on breast screening please visit www.nhsinform.co.uk/screening/breast
Breast cancer is still the most common cancer found in women – with around 1000 women in Scotland dying from the disease each year. However, the earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of survival and often if breast cancer is found early then treatment tends to be less extensive.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde publishes a Public Health Screening Annual Report. This year’s report highlighted that screening rates throughout NHSGGC fluctuate according to different areas. Almost 74 per cent of women from the Renfrewshire area attended their appointment while only 63 per cent from the Glasgow North area attended.
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