Women in Forth Valley urged to get screened

Women aged 50-70 are being urged to get screened
Women aged 50-70 are being urged to get screened

The number of women screened for breast cancer has risen in Forth Valley.

Figures for the three-year period 2008-11 show a 75 per cent uptake on screening invitations for women aged 50-70, up one per cent on the 2007-10 period.

Women are routinely invited for a breast screening at the age of 50 as this is the most at-risk group when the disease can develop and NHS Forth Valley are urging more women to get tested.

A spokeswoman for NHS Forth Valley said: “Since the risk of developing breast cancer increases as women get older, we would encourage all women to take up the offer of a mammogram when they first receive their invitation.

“The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor.

“The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every three years for all women in the UK aged 50 and over.”

Central Scotland list MSP Margaret Mitchell is concerned over uptake rates in poorer areas. She said: “More need to be done across the central region to ensure the offer of screening is taken up, particularly in areas of deprivation where rates of uptake are extremely concerning.”