If you’ve never had a mammogram, now is the time to make an appointment.
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are proud to be doing our bit for local women by providing a home for the area’s mobile breast screening unit.
As reported, in April we gave over a part of the car park at our hospital, in Peaks Lane, to site the Humberside Breast Screening Service. It will be the scanner’s home, in a zero rental agreement, until February 2022, after which the van will move on to a different part of the region before it is scheduled to return in August 2022.
Ashley Brown, the director of St Hugh’s, said at the time: “We understand how important screening services are and I’m delighted to be able to offer our space at without any rental fees. It’s important that local women have a convenient and accessible location to visit.”
This month’s awareness campaign is a good time to remind local women that getting a mammogram is easy – it’s right on your doorstep, takes minutes to complete and gives you peace of mind.
More than 150,000 women across the Humber region aged 50 to 70 are routinely invited for screening every three years via their GP surgery. In North East Lincolnshire, uptake averages at just 66%.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is organised by Breast Cancer Now. “Every October, people all over the world show their support for people affected by breast cancer. Our work’s always important, but October is when we get to really shout about it,” said a spokesperson.
“For months, the coronavirus put many areas of breast cancer on pause. Now more than ever, we need people, communities, and businesses across the UK to help us press play on breast cancer research and care.
“From campaigning, volunteering, and fundraising to our life-changing care, support and world-class research – we’re going all-out to raise money, raise awareness and make sure people affected by breast cancer know we’re here for them.”
Find out more about the campaign and the work Breast Cancer Now does at: https://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/breast-cancer-awareness-month