A Guide to Breast Screening: Your Invitation From BreastCheck

A special group called BreastCheck was set up. They have special clinics where they check womens breasts to make sure they are healthy. They are trained to look out for any sign of cancer. If they find signs of cancer at an early stage it can be treated very successfully.

Q. How does BreastCheck do that?
A. BreastCheck goes through the following steps...

They get a list of all the women in Ireland between 50 and 64 years of age.
Q. Are you in this age group?

They write a letter to all those women asking them to come for a breast check to make sure that they are healthy.
Q. Did you ever get a letter?

BreastCheck have special clinics where they check womens breasts to make sure they are healthyBreastCheck writes a letter to all the women in Ireland between 50 and 64 years of age asking them to come for a breast check to make sure that they are healthy.


The breast check is an x-ray of your breasts to make sure you have no cancer.

Q. What is an x-ray?
A. An x-ray is a special type of photograph which shows the inside of your body e.g. an x-ray of your arm will show the bone inside.

An x-ray of the breast is called a mammogram. It shows the inside of the breast.

Q. Who takes the x-ray?
A. A person called a radiographer takes the x-ray photograph. She is specially trained.

X-ray machineA person called a radiographer takes the x-ray photograph


When you get this letter from BreastCheck it is very important that you go for the check up.

Q. Why is this important?
A. So that you can make sure you are healthy.

You can call BreastCheck if you have any questionsConfirmation of the date and time of your BreastCheck appointment

If you are going to have the BreastCheck x-ray you do not have to reply to the letter.
You will get an appointment shortly. You can call BreastCheck if you have any questions.

Soon you will receive a second letter telling you the date and time of your BreastCheck appointment and exactly where to go for it.
You should:

  1. check to see if you are free on that day.
  2. think about how you will get to the BreastCheck clinic can you get there yourself? Will you need someone to bring you?

If you need a carer or friend to go along with you, think about who you would like to ask.
Perhaps a member of your family, a friend or a carer where you live or work, someone who you feel comfortable with.
 

Who would you like to go along with you?Check that the appointment time suits your carer/friend

Q. Who would you like to go along with you?

Talk to that person, show them the time and date on the BreastCheck letter. Make sure that your carer/friend is free on that day and that they know how to get to the clinic.

If the day does not suit you or your carer/friend, just ring the BreastCheck Clinic and they will give you a new appointment. (The phone number is at the top of the letter).

 


Table of Contents

- Introduction

Information for Carers, Family, Friends and Medical Guardians of Care

- Information on BreastCheck
- Information on Attending Screening

The Screening Story

- Your Health
- Your Invitation From BreastCheck
- Your Screening
- Getting Your Result