Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Telegraph's support for campaign welcomed

Can I share with your readers the success of the Belfast Telegraph's support for Action Cancer's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign?

Because of the Belfast Telegraph encouraging women to self-refer for screening, more than 2,000 women have made an appointment for a mammogram.

On average, we detect eight breast cancers for every 1,000 asymptomatic women screened, so our screening service will have detected 16 breast cancers early among these 2,000 women.

This was made possible by the willingness of 30 women - Action Cancer Ambassadors - to tell their story.

Early detection saves lives. Cancer Awareness Month is October, but our screening isn't just for October - we offer more than 1,000 appointments every month throughout the year.

We offer this service for free, which means that we rely on corporate support and the generosity of the general public.

So when you really begin to understand the importance of the breast-screening service at Action Cancer, then you realise, at some level, just how worthy a service it is now and for the future.

We also urge any woman who discovers something they are concerned about to contact their GP without delay and for those women aged 50-70 to take up their invitation for the NHS screening programme.

Thank you.

Joanna Currie

Consultant radiographer,

Action Cancer

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