Women urged to take free screening

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WOMEN are being issued with letters inviting them for a free screening in order to catch signs of breast cancer earlier.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital, is running the programme, which is aimed at women aged between 50 and 70 in Paulsgrove and Cosham.

The last screening was carried out three years ago, when the uptake of women being tested fell below the national average of 80 per cent. In 2009, 3,025 women were invited, of which 72 per cent attended.

This year the trust is inviting around 3,945 women and hopes for a high attendance.

Jo Helsdon, programme manager of the breast screening service at QA, said: ‘It’s incredibly important women attend these appointments.

‘Finding breast cancer early makes it more treatable, so whether this is your first time or you’ve been screened before, please look out for your invitation over the coming months. If you are unable to make your appointment, please do contact us to rearrange. We don’t want anyone to miss out on their opportunity to be screened.’