PLEASE ATTEND FOR YOUR BREAST SCREENING APPOINTMENT - IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
If you are a female patient aged 50 - 70 and above, please attend for your regular breast screening appointments, every three years.
Patients from this surgery will be offered an appointment for a free NHS breast screening test between February and June 2011 at Asda car park, Pontygwindy Road, Caerphilly.
Screening will be carried out by Breast Test Wales, which is the organisation which runs the NHS breast screening programme. Women who are aged between 50 and 70 and registered at this surgery will automatically receive a postal invitation, inviting them to attend for a test. Women aged over 70 will not receive a routine postal invitation, but can be screened on request, by telephoning Breast Test Wales on 029 2039 7222. Women aged under 50 will not be invited for screening, but should make an appointment to see a GP or nurse if they are concerned about any changes in their breasts.
The test is carried out by a female radiographer who will take x-rays of your breast, known as mamograms. Screening looks for tiny changes in the breast before any symptoms, such as a lump, can be seen or felt. If breast cancer is found at an early stage, treatment has the best chance of being successful.
Breast cancer affects one in nine women living in Waless and is more common in women aged over 50, and the risk increases with age. If you receive an invitation for screening, please attend. It takes just a few minutes of your time, but could save your life.
If you would like any more information about the test, please speak to one of the GPs or nurses at the surgery. Breast Test Wales can be contacted on 029 2039 7222. The website address is www.screeningservices.org
Whatever age you are, if you are worried about any breast problem, please make an appointment with one of the doctors.