Robertson, a Putney constituent and Susie Brown from
the UKBCC talked to Tony about the importance of Breast
Treatment Services lobbied Putney's MP Tony Colman this
week as part of the UK Breast Cancer Coalition (UKBCC)
Annual Fly - In.
Robertson, a member of UKBCC is a Radiographer at Queen
Mary's Hospital Roehampton and came to the Westminster
Fly-in to raise awareness of the need for Breast Cancer
Screening and the need for equal access for all patients,
male and female for Breast Treatment services.
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Breast cancer is now the UK's most common cancer with over
400,000 women diagnosed with the disease each year. Early
detection and diagnosis are vital to improve a woman's chances
of surviving breast cancer and screening is one of the most
effective ways of ensuring this.
South-West Thames Mammography Services are doing a very good
job with Breast Screening, but it is important to raise awareness
further of this important service. In 2002, 40,000 people
were invited for screening in the South-West Thames area.
27,000 (67%) attended and 190 cancers were found in that number
(4.9 per 1000 people). The first screening also showed that
8.2 cases per 1000 people were benign cases. The NHS currently
provides breast screening every three years for all women
aged 50 - 64, carrying out some 1,500,000 million a year.
By 2004 the service will screen women up to the age of 70.
This is a potentially life saving service of which it is important
to raise awareness.
Colman MP for Putney has joined forces with the UK's leading
breast cancer charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the
All- Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer to urge all
women aged 50 and over in Putney to attend their breast -screening
appointments when invited.
9,500 cases of breast cancer are detected through screening
each year and almost half of these are too small to be felt
by hand. If it was not for screening, these cancers may not
have been detected until a much later stage.
biggest known risk factor in developing breast cancer is age,
with around 80 per cent of cases occurring in post-menopausal
women, aged 50 or over. But while routine screening invitations
are sent to all women aged between 50 and 64 every three years,
evidence suggests that not all women take advantage of this
potentially life-saving service.
may be many reasons why women do not attend their screening
appointments and the All-Party Group on Breast Cancer is calling
on the Government to conduct research to find out the possible
Colman MP for Putney says:
is a sobering thought that one in nine women in Putney will
develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. The good
news is that more women than ever are surviving breast cancer
and this in part is down the NHS Breast Screening Programme.
earlier breast cancer is detected the better your chances
of survival. The NHS Breast Screening Programme is a vital
and effective part of the UK's efforts to reduce the death
toll from this devastating disease but it is essential women
in Putney take advantage of this by attending when invited.'
is important to note that your risk of breast cancer does
not stop after the age of 65. Women over this age are entitled
to, and can request, a routine screening appointment every
three years, whether or not symptoms are apparent. Your GP
can arrange this for you.
Breast Cancer campaigned vigorously for the extension of the
screening programme which by 2004 will include women up to
the age of 70.
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