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Upgrade for breast cancer screening

Published 28/04/2015

Mammography machines in Belfast and Derry have been replaced with new digital technology
Mammography machines in Belfast and Derry have been replaced with new digital technology

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

The Public Health Agency (PHA) 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 screening every three years but a quarter do not attend.

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 screening sites in Linenhall Street, Belfast, and Altnagelvin Area Hospital have also been replaced with new digital 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.

The investment marks a new era for cancer detection, according to the PHA.

Dr Mairs said: " These mobile units represent a significant upgrade on the old mobiles and will provide women with a much better screening experience.

"They are all fitted with lifts for women who cannot manage steps and hearing loops for those who need them."

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