Rasen and Caistor women encouraged to attend screening

Breast screening LPL-150220-081047027
Breast screening LPL-150220-081047027

A mobile unit providing a free breast screening service to women 50 years of age and over will arrive in Market Rasen this month.

Run by Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service, the unit will be in the Festival Hall car park for eight to ten weeks.

Women registered with the Market Rasen and Binbrook GP practices will be automatically invited to attend an appointment.

Those from the Caistor area who were invited in 2015 but were unable to attend for screening are welcome to arrange an appointment too.

Women aged 71 years and over who would like to be can also call the administration office on 01522 573999 to make an appointment.

The Lincolnshire service has started the national Age Extension Pilot Scheme, where a random selection of women aged from 47 to 49 years or 71 to 73 years from practices will also automatically be invited for screening.

“Early detection of breast cancer is crucial in improving a woman’s prognosis and so we strongly encourage women to attend a breast screening session,” said screening office Manager, Alysa Page.

“Little is known about how to prevent breast cancer, but the earlier it is found the better the chance for successful treatment.

“One in 12 women over 50 will be affected by breast cancer and our mobile screening service is part of the work we are doing to reduce this life threatening disease.”

The mobile service tours the county on a regular basis, but only visits one area at a time and appointments must be made to use the service.