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Local women urged to make mammogram appointments during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness month

Local women urged to make mammogram appointments during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month is underway, women in North East Lincolnshire are being urged to book an appointment for a mammogram.

St Hugh’s Hospital on Peaks Lane in Grimsby has provided a home to the area’s mobile breast screening unit for six months, after handing over part of their car park to the Humberside Breast Screening Service in April.

The mobile unit will be in place 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.”

Now, St Hugh’s are encouraging local women to book in for their mammogram.

A spokesperson for the hospital said: “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 percent.”

Organised by Breast Cancer Now, Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place every October and allows people across the globe to show their support for those affected by breast cancer.

“Our work’s always important, but October is when we get to really shout about it,” said a spokesperson for Breast Cancer Now.

“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.”

To find out more about booking a breast screening appointment, click here.

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