Breast Screening Invites
Last month we shared the the news that the mobile breast screening unit was coming to Southport for our patients to be screened.
The invites have been sent and screening is well under way.
As part of a positive safety netting protocol we are sending out text messages or letters to all the patients that the breast screening clinic have identified as not responding or not attending. Our message or letter has not been sent to cause any upset or offence but rather as a way to make sure there have been no eligible patients missed and that all women aged 50 - 70 at the Practice have received their invitation and to ensure there has been an equal opportunity for all eligible patients to get screened.
We are aware that some patients have responded to their invitation and have their appointment booked, if this is the case and you receive a reminder message there is no need to contact the surgery. We will receive notification of all patients that have been screened and your records will be updated.
If you have any enquiries regarding breast screening or would like to book in please call our local breast screening unit on: 0151 282 6920 or visit www.nhs.uk/breast
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How to decide if you want breast screening
Regular breast screening can find breast cancer before you notice any signs or symptoms.
What breast screening is
Breast screening uses X-rays called mammograms to check your breasts for signs of cancer.
It's done by female health specialists called mammographers.
Who can get breast cancer
Anyone can get breast cancer. This includes women, men, trans and non-binary people.
It's the most common type of cancer in the UK.
The chance of getting breast cancer increases as you get older. Most breast cancers are diagnosed in women over 50 years old.
Find out more about:
- breast cancer in women
- breast cancer in men
- LGBT Foundation: Breast cancer and breast awareness
If you're more likely to get breast cancer
Some people are more likely to get breast cancer. This is sometimes called moderate risk or high risk.
Risks of breast screening
Doctors cannot always tell if a cancer will go on to be life-threatening or not. So treatment is always offered if you're diagnosed with breast cancer.
This means some cancers that are diagnosed and treated would not have been life-threatening. Treatment of non life-threatening cancers is the main risk of breast screening.
Other risks of breast screening include:
- a cancer being missed – mammograms do not always find a cancer that is there
- X-rays – having a mammogram every 3 years for 20 years gives you a very slightly higher chance of getting cancer over your lifetime
Most people feel the benefits of breast screening outweigh the possible risks.
Breast screening is a choice
It's your choice if you want to go for breast screening. Screening does not stop you getting breast cancer, but it is the best way to spot cancers at an early stage.
If you do not want to be invited for screening, contact a GP or your local breast screening service and ask to be taken off the breast screening list.
You can ask them to put you back on the list at any time if you change your mind.