Letters inviting women living in Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire for extra breast screening being sent out13:00 05/01/2009
Women living in Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry are now being invited to be screened at younger ages for breast cancer.
The Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry Breast Screening Unit, based at University Hospital, has been chosen to be one of six national pilot sites to begin screening women in the age group 47 to 49. Currently women aged 50 to 70 are invited for screening with women over 70 able to request screening every three years.
The additional screenings start in January and letters are being sent to eligible women.
Margot Wheaton, Programme Manager for the Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry Breast Screening Service said: “By increasing the screening age range down to 47 we are expecting to see a 2 0% increase in those women who are eligible to take part in the service.
“We have now started sending out the letters to those women but anyone with questions on the extended screening can contact the service on 024 7696 7200.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PRESS RELEASE PLEASE CONTACT KERRY BEADLING,
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, ON 02476 967597