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Blackburn with Darwen cancer screening concern

Lancashire Telegraph: Breast cancer charities are encouraging more women to go for screening Breast cancer charities are encouraging more women to go for screening

CONCERNS have been raised over the low numbers of women being tested for breast cancer in Blackburn with Darwen, with the borough having the 16th lowest screening rate in England.

Statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed just 10,830 women of the borough’s ‘eligible women’ had been scanned within the last three years, which represented 68 per cent.

This was the second lowest figure in the North West, and well below the national average of 76 per cent. The rate in the rest of East Lancashire was also below average, at 73 per cent.

There have been slight reductions in screening in both areas, which mirrored a national trend.

The figures, for 151 NHS areas, measured the numbers of women aged 53 to 70 to be screened within the last three years.

Campaigner Ruth Loft, of the Blackburn and East Lancashire Breast Care Support Group, said: “I’m surprised at the take-up rate for screening in Blackburn with Darwen, especially as mammography is carried out locally while treatments take place in the excellent breast cancer unit at Burnley General Hospital.

“Ladies must be encouraged to attend check-ups as breast cancer can be treated successfully if found early.”

NHS England, which commissions breast screening services, said relevant officers were not available for comment.

Blackburn with Darwen’s large Asian population may be a factor. It has previously been highlighted the relatively poor survival rates for black and Asian women, saying this may be due to delays in diagnosis through late presentation.

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12:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Fire Fly says...

I think a more appropriate headline would have been...Blackburn with Darwen cancer screening 'numbers' concern. There isn't an issue with the screening itself but this is what the current headline gives the impression of.
I think a more appropriate headline would have been...Blackburn with Darwen cancer screening 'numbers' concern. There isn't an issue with the screening itself but this is what the current headline gives the impression of. Fire Fly
  • Score: 8

1:22pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

'Blackburn with Darwen’s large Asian population may be a factor'

You think?
'Blackburn with Darwen’s large Asian population may be a factor' You think? Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 3

4:19pm Thu 6 Mar 14

hasnutts says...

I can only speak for myself but I have refused my last two screening appts because its so painful and leaves me with tenderness and pain for 2 weeks after. This has been because in the mobile unit you are rushed in and out with no time to be instructed properly on how to stand and lean during the procedure. I recently had a mammogramm at Burnley breast unit and the whole experience was totally different, careful compassionate nurse who did her best to help me relax and gave instruction on how to stand and the angle of lean towards the machine. Resulting in minimal pain and no lasting effect. I would not go to a mobile unit again its like a cattle market with staff who don'thave time or feelings to make this a more beareable experience for those women who find it painful if not done properly.
I can only speak for myself but I have refused my last two screening appts because its so painful and leaves me with tenderness and pain for 2 weeks after. This has been because in the mobile unit you are rushed in and out with no time to be instructed properly on how to stand and lean during the procedure. I recently had a mammogramm at Burnley breast unit and the whole experience was totally different, careful compassionate nurse who did her best to help me relax and gave instruction on how to stand and the angle of lean towards the machine. Resulting in minimal pain and no lasting effect. I would not go to a mobile unit again its like a cattle market with staff who don'thave time or feelings to make this a more beareable experience for those women who find it painful if not done properly. hasnutts
  • Score: 4

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