Mobile breast screening service arrives in town

The North East Scotland Mobile Breast Screening Service has arrived in Stonehaven.

The service commenced screening on Monday and will be based in the town for approximately ten weeks.

There will be two mobile units sited at Kincardine Community Hospital on Kirkton Road.

Women aged 50 to 70 years of age who are registered with a General Practitioner at the Inverbervie and Stonehaven GP practices will receive an invitation to attend shortly.

Women aged 71 years and over will not be sent an invitation, however, they are encouraged to make their own appointment by contacting the Screening Centre (01224 550570).

Commenting on the breast screening service manager, Elspeth Hay, said, “The aim of the programme is to detect breast changes at an early stage when treatment has the best chance of being successful.

“We hope that women invited for the first time will take advantage of their invitation for mammography and for women who have been screened previously, it is important to attend to ensure that there have been no changes over the past three years.

“The risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older.

“So if any woman missed or failed to attend their previous invitation, it is still important to come along for screening this time,” she added.

About one in eight women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in its early stages.

Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early.

It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they are too small to see or feel.