NHS Breast Screening Program Saves 1,400 Lives a Year
2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Program, which was the first of its kind in the world. It was initiated sending invitations to women for screening in 1988 and further it prevailed at national level by the mid-1990’s.
Around one and a half million women are now screened in the UK each year and, with the expected number of women in this age band expected to increase by 20% between 2005 and 2025, the demand for the service will continue to stretch the NHS.
How Often Should You Have a Mammogram?
From the age of 50 or above, the NHS invites every woman for a mammogram every 3 years until the age of 70. After this age women are not routinely invited but are encouraged to request once in every 3 years.
If you feel you are at high risk of breast cancer, or have any family history, you may get better advice regarding monitoring after the examination procedure.
It Demands Your Attention:
Most recent figures show that 75.4% of women been invited for screening in 2006 attended the session whereas rest of them were reluctant. It means that 1 in 4 women are not availing this chance if it’s still going with the same percentage. Most mutual reasons given for ignoring the screening are fear, carelessness or lack of time. It’s not merely a session but an important step towards your breast awareness routine, so take a step.