BreastCheck, the national breast screening programme has recently commenced a new screening round in South Tipperary, inviting women aged 50 to 64 from Clonmel and surrounding areas to avail of their free breast mammogram (x-ray) in the BreastCheck mobile digital screening unit located in the grounds of South Tipperary Hospital, Clonmel.
A BreastCheck mammogram is a simple procedure and the appointment only takes half an hour in total. BreastCheck urges any woman who receives an invitation for a free BreastCheck mammogram to attend her appointment. The aim of screening is to detect early breast cancer. The vast majority of women screened are found to be perfectly healthy, with less than one per cent diagnosed with breast cancer. BreastCheck encourages women to contact them if the appointment time or date doesnâ€™t suit, as it can easily be changed by calling: (021) 4649700.
Some women have spoken about their own personal experiences of a BreastCheck mammogram:
â€œI was very nervous going for my mammogram. There was a time when I thought about not turning up for it. I did have my mammogram done and my results came back clear. I was relieved and I am glad I went through with it. I would say to any woman out there whoâ€™s thinking about not turning up for her appointment talk to someone about it,â€ said Betty
â€œThe nurses in BreastCheck are very friendly and they have a great way of making you feel relaxed. When I got my mammogram the nurse chatted away to me and before I knew it she said it was done. I couldnâ€™t believe it. I was so pleased with myself and I would have no problem having it done again,â€ said Ann.
BreastCheck encourages all women aged 50 to 64 living in South Tipperary to check that they are on the BreastCheck register by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or checking online at www.breastcheck.ie. Once registered and known to the Programme they will automatically receive an appointment when BreastCheck is screening in their area.
BreastCheck encourages all women, regardless of age or participation in screening to remain breast aware at all times and to contact their GP without delay if they have any concerns regarding breast cancer.
How to be breast aware:
- No matter what age you are, it is important to always be breast aware
- Know what is normal for your body
- Know what changes you should look for
What changes should I look and feel for?
- Any lumps or unusual thickening in your breast
- Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin
- A nipple that appears to be pulled-in or flattened
- A rash or flaky or crusted skin around the nipple
- A change in the size or shape of your breast
- Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
- Constant pain in one part of your breast or armpit