Westmeath - women in Mullingar and surrounding areas invited for free mammogram

21 November 2013

BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme has started inviting around 3,900 women aged 50 to 64 living in Mullingar and surrounding areas for a free BreastCheck mammogram (x-ray). Women aged 50 to 64 are asked to ensure their details are correct on the BreastCheck register by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or checking www.breastcheck.ie. Once on the register and known to the programme, a woman will automatically receive her invitation for a mammogram when BreastCheck is screening in her area.

It is planned to screen for the next five months from the BreastCheck mobile digital screening unit located in the grounds of St Mary’s Hospital, Castlepollard Road, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

BreastCheck are also calling women from Athlone and surrounding areas to a mobile digital screening unit located in the grounds of St. Vincent’s Hospital, near the Health Centre, Athlone.

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) 8826200.

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

Many women in Westmeath have previously had a BreastCheck mammogram and the vast majority of women screened are found to be perfectly healthy.

The aim of screening is to detect early breast cancer, when it is easier to treat and there is a higher chance of a good recovery. A small number of cancers cannot be found by a mammogram, but if you go for regular screening, any changes will be found as early as possible.

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:

Aoife O’Sullivan, Communications, National Cancer Screening Service

Tel: 01 8659300