Mobile breast screening unit soon to open

A MOBILE unit that provides a free breast screening service to women aged 50 and older will soon be in place at Sleaford.

The mobile screening unit, run by the Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service will be situated at Hockmeyer Motors car park, Lincoln Road, Holdingham, Sleaford.

The screening service will automatically invite women registered with selected medical practices in the Sleaford area to attend an appointment at the mobile unit.

Women aged between 50 and 70 from these practices will be automatically invited for screening. Women aged 71 and older and who would like be screened are welcome to ring the administration office to make an appointment on 01522 573999.

Practises being invited to the screening programme are: Dr JA Webster & Partners, Sleaford Medical Group, Boston Road, Sleaford; Dr KP Vijayan & Partners, Millview Medical Centre, Sleaford Road, Heckington; Dr K C Leeper & Partners, Billinghay Medical Practice, High Street, Billinghay; Dr J E Parry & Partners,

The Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service has started the national Age Extension Pilot Scheme where women aged from 47 to 49 years or 71 to 73 years from practices will be automatically invited for screening.

Screening office manager Alysa Page, 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.

“One in 12 women over 50 will be affected by breast cancer and our mobile screening service is part of the work we are doing 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.

For further information about the breast screening service contact Alysa Page or Penny Johnson at the screening office on 01522 573999.