Slough Borough Council and Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce that a mobile breast screening van is now located at Cippenham Community Centre, Earls Lane, Slough.
Over the next two years all eligible women in Slough will be invited to this location to attend essential, free routine screening.
The process involves the use of a specialist x-ray called a mammogram which checks the breast tissue for abnormalities and can spot cancers when they are too small to see or feel.
Women aged between 50 and 70 who are registered with a local GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years with the aim of detecting breast cancer as early as possible to improve chances of treating it successfully.
You may also be eligible for screening before the age of 50 if you have a family history of breast cancer (male or female) or ovarian cancer. For more information, please speak with your GP.
Councillor Sabia Hussain, cabinet member for health, said: “Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and affects one in eight women during their lives so coming along for a mammogram is very important.
“There's a good chance of recovery if breast cancer is detected in its early stages but sadly the uptake of breast screening in Slough is currently low.
“This is why we’re encouraging local women to accept their invitation for free breast screening; it will only take a few minutes out of your day, but could end up saving your life.”
Dr. Margaret Moreland, Director of the East Berkshire Breast Screening Programme, said:
“Breast cancers found by screening are generally at an early stage. Current evidence suggests that breast screening saves approximately 1,300 lives a year in the UK from breast cancer.
“We would encourage all women who are invited for screening to come to our new mobile breast
screening site at the Cippenham Community Centre.”
The staff at the mobile breast screening unit in Cippenham are all female. The van is located in a quiet residential area very close to bus route number 5 which runs regularly from Slough bus station. There is also plenty of free parking.
Evening appointments can be made at The Parapet in Windsor.
The ‘Helping you decide’ leaflet has more information on the risks and benefits of breast screening. It is produced by the UK government and is available in several different languages https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/breast-screening-helping-women-decide
If you don’t live in Slough you can search for a breast screening service in your area using the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Breast-screening-services/LocationSearch/325
For further information on breast screening, please visit the NHS Choices website http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/breast-cancer-screening/Pages/Introduction.aspx or contact your GP.