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More units open doors for breast cancer screening

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 29/04/2015

Health chiefs have unveiled major investment in new facilities to encourage more women to have breast screening
Health chiefs have unveiled major investment in new facilities to encourage more women to have breast screening

Health chiefs have unveiled major investment in new facilities to encourage more women to have breast screening.

The Public Health Agency has unveiled two new mobile units and upgraded equipment in five existing ones.

All women aged between 50 and 70 in Northern Ireland are invited for breast cancer screening every three years but a quarter do not attend.

Dr Adrian Mairs from the Northern Ireland Breast Screening Programme said: "This increases the potential of bringing the service closer to more communities and making it more accessible to women."

Mammography machines at permanent sites in Linenhall Street, Belfast, and Altnagelvin Area Hospital have also been replaced with new technology.

Across the UK around 1,300 lives are saved each year as a result of the programme which can detect cancer at an early stage.

Dr Mairs said the machines were "all fitted with lifts for women who cannot manage steps and hearing loops for those who need them".

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