Living in Letterkenny, have you received your invitation?

27 April 2015 - Today, BreastCheck reminds all women living in Letterkenny and surrounding areas aged between 50 and 64 to attend their regular mammogram when invited, and make sure that they are on the BreastCheck register on www.breastcheck.ie or at Freephone 1800 45 45 55. Women can also watch a short video about going for a mammogram and find out more about screening and where BreastCheck is screening on the website.

BreastCheck is currently inviting women living in Letterkenny and surrounding areas aged between 50 and 64 for a free mammogram at the mobile screening unit located at Letterkenny Public Services Centre, Neil T Blaney Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Most women aged 50-64 have had at least one free BreastCheck mammogram, and eight out of every ten come for their next mammogram when they get their appointment. However the overall numbers of women taking part in the programme are falling and BreastCheck is concerned women in their early 50s are becoming more likely to not take up their appointment.

The risk of breast cancer increases with age and it is important women aged 50-64 avail of their regular free mammogram every two years so that changes can be identified at an early stage when treatment is easier and there are more treatment options available.

BreastCheck, which began in February 2000 has provided over 1.2 million mammograms to over 450,000 women and detected over 7,400 cancers, In 2012-2013, just 71.4 per cent of all women invited attended their appointment. While just four years ago (in 2008-2009) 77.4 per cent of women went for their mammogram when called.

A BreastCheck appointment only takes 30 minutes. It's quick, it's easy and it's free. Join the many other women participating, and be part of the programme.The vast majority of women screened are found to be perfectly healthy.

BreastCheck encourages all women, regardless of age or participation in screening to remain breast aware at all times and to contact their GP without delay if they have any concerns regarding breast cancer.

Be breast aware

  • No matter what age you are, it is important to always be breast aware.
  • Know what is normal for your body.
  • Know what changes you should look for.

What changes should I look and feel for?

  • Any lumps or unusual thickening in your breast
  • Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin
  • A nipple that appears to be pulled-in or flattened
  • A rash or flaky or crusted skin around the nipple
  • A change in the size or shape of your breast
  • Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
  • Constant pain in one part of your breast or armpit

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Further Information: Communications, National Cancer Screening Service. Tel: 01 8659300