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2870 Preparing for your Breast Screening appointment

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Welcome to the breast screening programme and we look forward to seeing you at one of our centres soon. Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70 years, every three years, and looks for evidence of early breast cancer which is too small to see or feel. Attending breast screening is optional and our aim is to identify breast cancer early and save lives. Breast screening involves taking x-rays called mammograms, to look closely at the tissue in your breasts. If you would like help in deciding whether to have breast screening, please contact your GP. A comprehensive information leaflet is also sent with your invitation letter. If you decide that you do not want to attend breast screening, please contact the Breast Screening Unit so that the appointment can be offered to somebody else. You may want to ask a partner, friend or relative to drive you to and from your appointment, but because the screening will often be in one of our mobile units, there is limited space. Therefore, your companion will need to wait outside. Also, please don't bring young children or pets to your appointment as there are no facilities available to look after them whilst you have your mammogram. No men are allowed in the screening van. On the day of your appointment, please do not use any deodorant, body sprays or moisturisers on the skin on or around the breast as this can alter the quality of the images. We recommend that you wear a skirt or trousers, rather than a dress, as you will have to undress to your waist. Often there are steps leading up to the mammogram van, so if you have a disability or need assistance, please ring to let us know and we can make alternative arrangements for you. Please also let us know in advance if you have breast implants; you can still attend breast screening, but again you may need a longer appointment. If you are currently breastfeeding, are pregnant, or have had a mammogram at any unit within the last six months, please let us know, as we may rearrange your appointment. And if you are feeling unwell on the day of your appointment or are unable to attend for any other reason, please let us know a soon as possible. The examination will take about 10 minutes and we recommend that you plan to arrive 15 minutes before you allocated time so that you have time to sort out parking and to relax. You will receive the results in a letter within two weeks which will explain the results of your mammogram and whether any further tests are required. If you have had a mammogram previously, you may have to wait a little longer, as we have to compare the new mammogram to your old results. For every 100 women who have breast screening, 96 have a normal result. 4 women need further tests, and only one of these is diagnosed with cancer. If the mammograms are normal, you will be invited for breast screening again in a further three years and you will automatically be invited for breast screening every three years up to the age of 70. A separate video explains what will happen if you are called for further tests.
 If you have any questions please phone the Breast Screening team on the number provided on your appointment letter and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Posted by: richardwh on Nov 18, 2015

2870 Preparing for your Breast Screening appointment

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