BreastCheck invites women in Clondalkin, Chapelizod, Lucan and surrounding areas

22 October 2013

BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme are inviting women aged 50 to 64 from Chapelizod, Cherry Orchard, Clondalkin, Decies, Inchicore, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathcoole and Saggart for a free BreastCheck mammogram (x-ray)  in the BreastCheck mobile digital screening unit located in car park at the rear of the South Dublin County Council Offices, Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin.

BreastCheck encourages women aged 50 to 64 to check they are on the register at www.breastcheck.ie or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55. Once registered and known to the Programme they will automatically receive an appointment when BreastCheck is screening in their area.

If the appointment time or date doesn’t suit, contact BreastCheck as every effort will be made to arrange a more suitable appointment at: (01) 2235800.

A BreastCheck appointment only takes half an hour in total, the mammogram itself takes a few minutes. In a mammogram a special x-ray machine is used to take a picture of the breasts. The aim of screening is to detect early breast cancer. The vast majority of women screened are found to be perfectly healthy, with less than one per cent diagnosed with 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:

Aoife O’Sullivan, Communications, National Cancer Screening Service

Tel: 01 8659300