Published: 04/03/2018 07:00 - Updated: 01/03/2018 10:56

Mobile breast screening unit invite in Ross

Written byStaff Reporter

NHS HighlandWOMEN between the ages of 50 and 70 registered with Dingwall Medical Group are being invited to attend the mobile breast screening unit for check-ups over the coming months.

The NHS Scotland unit is touring the Highlands and will be in Dingwall until early May.

The mobile screening unit is equipped with state of the art breast x-ray (mammography) equipment and staffed by an experienced all-female team.

NHS Highland would like to encourage all women who are invited to breast screening to consider taking up the opportunity.

The combination of being “breast aware” and knowing what is normal for you, reporting any changes to your GP as soon as possible and attending regular breast screening appointments is the best way of finding breast cancer at an early stage and increasing your chances of surviving it.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK.

According to the NHS, in 2011, just under 50,000 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

Most women who get it (eight out of 10) are over 50. As the risk of breast cancer increases with age, all women who are 50-70 years old are invited for breast cancer screening every three years.

Women with a higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer may be offered screening and genetic testing for the condition.

About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in its early stages, the NHS says.

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