Dr Maggie Watts, NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, would like to thank all women who participated in the breast screening throughout the Western Isles from February to July this year.
Dr Watts said: “The early indications are that more than four in five eligible women accepted their invitation and attended for screening during the visit of the service in the first half of 2017. We will know the final figures for each island later but it seems that women across the Western Isles from the Butt to Barra recognised the importance of getting checked.”
If you weren’t able to make it to your appointment, you are still able to be screened at the North of Scotland Screening Centre in Inverness. If you wish to take up this offer please call 01463 705416 to arrange a mutually suitable date.
Dr Watts would also like to thank the North of Scotland Breast screening mobile unit and those who supported the work they did in each of the locations throughout the Western Isles to ensure its smooth running and make sure that the technical hitches that occurred did not prevent women being able to be screened.
The mobile Breast Screening service comes to the Western Isles every three years to screen women between the ages of 50–70 years of age and 70+ if requested, so their next visit is due in 2020.
NHS Western Isles reminds everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and a good opportunity to make sure we are breast aware.
Lumps in the breast are important but you should also look out for: skin on the breast looking like orange peel; leaking nipples; a nipple that is turned in; dimpling on the breast, or crusty nipples.
If you notice any changes at all in your breasts, please make an appointment with your GP.
Images from the NHS Western Isles publication ‘Be Breast Aware: Lumps aren’t the only sign of cancer’ can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2kVcZql
If you would like to find out more about the breast, bowel and cervical screening programmes please visit http://www.getcheckedearly.org/