Women living in Newbridge and sourrounding areas invited

20 January 2014

BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme is inviting women aged 50 to 64 from Newbridge and surrounding areas for a free BreastCheck mammogram (x-ray) in the BreastCheck mobile digital screening unit located in the car park at Dunnes Stores, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Women aged 50 to 64 can easily check they are on the BreastCheck register by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or checking online at www.breastcheck.ie. 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.

Speaking about their own personal experiences of a BreastCheck mammogram, women said the following:

"My sister Marie was to go and for a few reasons she was going to put it off. I said to her – with it being offered to you and so nearby, go.

You won’t believe it, she went to a mobile that was in Waterford and a cancer was picked up. BreastCheck looked after her very well I have to say. A great team. I know it is a small number, yet it is hard when it touches someone close to you. Thank God she went and caught it early. She has done well with her treatment and is just 60 this November." Jane speaking about her sister Marie

 "This is the best run service in the country. I was in and out for my mammogram in a jiffy. Calming staff. I tell all my friends. I can’t understand women not going." Ann

 “I was very nervous going for my mammogram. There was a time when I thought about not turning up for it. I did have my mammogram done and my results came back clear. I was relieved and I am glad I went through with it. I would say to any woman out there who’s thinking about not turning up for her appointment talk to someone about it.” Betty

 “The nurses in BreastCheck are very friendly and they have a great way of making you feel relaxed. When I got my mammogram the nurse chatted away to me and before I knew it she said it was done. I couldn’t believe it. I was so pleased with myself and I would have no problem having it done again.” Ann

“Women need to be responsible for their own health and it is important they get their mammogram test done. Women always look after everyone else but this is a time they must put themselves first.” Deloris

 “Even though having a mammogram can be uncomfortable for some women it’s very important to have it done and it only lasts for a few minutes.” Marian   

 “The staff at BreastCheck were very nice and friendly. They gave me loads of time to get myself comfortable and relaxed before they did the mammogram.” Betty

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