Women encouraged to get breast screening in Horncastle

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A mobile unit that provides a free breast screening service to women 50 years of age and over is coming to Horncastle.

The mobile screening unit, run by the Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service, will be in the car park of the Stanhope Hall from April 2017 until July 2017.

Women aged between 50 and 70 who are registered with selected medical practices in the Horncastle area will be automatically invited to attend an appointment at the mobile unit.

These practices are Horncastle Medical Group, Horncastle, The Wolds Practice, Tetford, and The Wragby Surgery, Wragby.

Alysa Page, Screening Office Manager, from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Early detection of breast cancer is crucial in improving a woman’s prognosis and so we strongly encourage women to attend a breast screening session.

“Little is known about how to prevent breast cancer, but the earlier it is found the better the chance for successful treatment. About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

“There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in its early stages. Providing a screening service is part of the work being done to reduce this life threatening disease.”

The mobile service tours the county on a regular basis, but only visits one area at a time and appointments must be made to use the service.

Women aged 71 years and over who would like to be screened are welcome to ring the administration office to make an appointment on 01522 573999.