Action Cancer in Derry is encouraging women aged between 40-49 and over 70 to come forward for free breast screening.
During 2014 and 2015 Action Cancer have already screened 9068 women; this is already 772 more women than last year’s figures and the charity are striving to screen 10,000 women by the end of March.
Numbers were boosted during the charity’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in October which was supported by Gordons Chemists, Menarys and Tempest.
Action Cancer is the only charity in the UK and Ireland to offer free breast screening to asymptomatic women aged 40 – 49 and over 70, those who fall outside the NHS screening age range (50 – 70).
Joanna Currie, Action Cancer’s Consultant Radiographer said, “The truth of the matter is the more women we screen the more lives we can save. A mammogram only takes 10 minutes with most women finding it slightly uncomfortable but not painful.”
The free screening is on offer on board the charity’s Big Bus, supported by SuperValu and its independent retailers which travel to 220 locations throughout the North every year. Women aged 40-49 and 70 plus can book an appointment by calling 028 9080 3344 or online at www.actioncancer.org