New screening location in Mallow, Co Cork

3 April 2014

BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme is providing free breast mammograms (x-ray) to women aged 50 to 64 at a new location in Mallow. The mobile digital screening unit is currently located in the grounds of the primary health centre, Mallow Business Park, Mallow, Co Cork.

BreastCheck chose this new location, in the grounds of the primary health centre due to its convenience for women living in the community, there is parking available and  BreastCheck understands that women are busy and if the appointment time or date doesn’t suit, it can easily be changed by calling: (021) 4649700.

If you are a woman living in Cork aged 50 to 64, you can easily make sure your personal details are up to date on the BreastCheck register at: www.breastcheck.ie or Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

BreastCheck is a free health service funded by the Government to offer regular breast screening, every two years, to women aged 50 to 64. Once registered and known to BreastCheck a woman will automatically receive an appointment when BreastCheck is screening in her area.

Breast screening helps find breast cancers at an early stage, when it is easier to treat and there is a higher chance of a good recovery. The vast majority of women screened are found to be perfectly healthy, with less than one per cent diagnosed with breast cancer.

A BreastCheck mammogram is a simple procedure and the appointment only takes half an hour in total. BreastCheck urges any woman who receives an invitation for a free BreastCheck mammogram to attend her appointment.

Speaking about their mammograms, women said:

“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

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

 

 

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Background Information:

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in Ireland. Over 2,700 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ireland each year.

BreastCheck

BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme, contacts women aged 50 to 64 every two years to offer a free mammogram (breast x-ray). Less than one per cent of women screened are diagnosed with cancer. These women are offered the best treatment available with the best possible outcome. The service is Government-funded. www.breastcheck.ie

Note: BreastCheck compiles a register (a list) of all women eligible for screening from details supplied by the Department of Social and Family Affairs, General Medical Service (GMS) and Health Insurance providers.