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New breast cancer screening trailer for Kirkby

by Cathy Sheel

A new state of the art breast screening facility has arrived in Kirkby.

The Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley breast screening service (LSKBSS), provided by Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT), has replaced the mobile trailer at St Chad’s Centre, Kirkby, with a new facility designed to help increase uptake of mammograms in the borough.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Cllr Christine Bannon has cut the ribbon to mark the arrival of the trailer, alongside representatives from the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Service and Breast Mates.

Every three years, women between the ages of 50 and 71 are invited for a screening mammogram, which involves having an x-ray of the breast. It takes a few pictures of the breast, which is then reviewed for any signs or symptoms, or any small changes.

Early detection of breast cancer means patients are far more likely to survive and less likely to require invasive treatment.

The new trailers now feature wi-fi availability, which means there is the option for the instant transfer of images for radiographers to look at, if a prompt review is needed. It means that assistant practitioners can carry out mammograms without radiographers needing to be present – potentially increasing the number of patients that can be seen. Staff can also now check a patients’ earlier scan on the trailer, alerting them to any previous issues.

Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said: “It’s so important to go for your routine screening. It only takes a few minutes, and it could save your life. If you have any concerns about your breasts, go get them checked out. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can get treatment.”

For more information about the NHS breast screening programme visit Breast screening (mammogram) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)