Mobile breast cancer tests arrive at town hospital

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A MOBILE health screening service has been testing women in Belper for signs of breast cancer.

A van, which is fully equipped with latest technology arrived at Belper Health Centre on Monday and will remain stationed there until June 27.

The service, which makes it easier for people to attend appointments has invited women aged between 50 and 70 years in the townwhose birthday falls between January and April along to the hospital to be tested.

Anyone over 70 years who has not had a mammogram in the past three years can also telephone for an appointment on 01332 785336.

Barbara Young, breast unit service manager for Derby Hospitals, said: “Nationally, it is estimated that screening can save around 1,400 lives every year as it can show changes in the breast up to two years before symptoms appear.

“Eighty per cent of breast cancer cases occur in women over 50 years-old and the risk of breast cancer increases as we get older. So if you receive that invitation, please attend for your appointment. It will only take 10 minutes and it may save your life.

“We are part of the National Breast Screening Programme, which provides free breast screening for all women in the UK aged between 50 and 70. An extension to the age range is currently being phased in which will include women from 47 to 73.”

Attendance is by invitation only, and full information is provided about what people can expect with the invite.Health bosses also urged women in Belper aged between 25 and 64 to get tested for cervical cancer this week after national screening rates hit a 10-year low. One in six women in Derbyshire failed to attend tests last year.