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Have you been for a breast cancer screening?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

About 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime – if it can be detected early, treatment is more successful and the chance of making a full recovery is much better.

Awareness campaigns have helped make women more aware of the importance of checking their breasts regularly and seeing a doctor if they find anything unusual.

The likelihood of getting breast cancer also increases with age – all women in the UK aged 50 to 70 who are registered with a GP are automatically invited for routine breast cancer screening every 3 years. If you’re at high risk of cancer, typically because of family history, you will often be invited to a screening sooner.

Although uptake of screening invitations is on the rise, only about 72% of women aged 50-70 took up their invitation to be screened in 2015-16, meaning there is still a quarter of women eligible who are missing this vital service.

Have you ever been for a breast cancer screening? Was this by routine invitation or at the special request of your doctor? Share your experiences in the comments below. 

Have you been for a breast cancer screening?

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Susanbh
4 days ago
1
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I attended for routine breast screening four and a half years ago and cancer was detected. I was told it would have been at least two years before the lump was big enough to feel. I had a lumpectomy and fortunately the lymph nodes were clear and I had only three weeks if radiotherapy followed by five years of tamoxifen tablets. I consider myself so lucky and would urge every woman, or man if it’s offered, to attend for breast screening
ChristineE94
5 days ago
2
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Probably saved my life - 20 years ago after a routine mammogram I was told I had breast cancer. I had no lumps or symptoms whatsoever so an awful shock but after surgery and radiotherapy I am still here. It might have been a different story if I hadn't had that screening so I urge everyone to take up the offer of screening - a minute of discomfort can save your life.
SamanthaD2
6 days ago
0
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I've been waiting 14 weeks to get an appointment at the clinic having found a lump. When I've chased it, I've been told "they're busy" and NHS guidelines are to expect an appointment within 18 weeks.

I think it's all well and good advising people to self manage and be preventative to aid early intervention but there needs to be the services available to support this. Sadly our overstretched NHS can't.
CaroleAH
2 days ago
0
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Samantha, I have sent you a private chat message - basically if your GP suspects that you have cancer (anywhere not just breast cancer) they should do a 14-day referral to a hospital which means that you will be seen within 14 days. My GP referred me in this way and the hospital rang the next day (scared the living daylights out of me!) and gave me an appointment for the following week. I would strongly advise you to check with your GP what kind of a referral they have made as sometimes things do go wrong.
KarenG215
8th Oct 2018
0
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I think it is a valuable test and saves lives but I wonder why this method has not advanced more, with newer technology so that is less of a physical strain on this sensitive part of the body. A less painful, pulling and stretching test would not deter women to return for another test.
Valkidd
8th Oct 2018
2
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At my screening last year a small lump was picked up and removed. I was lucky it was caught so early so I would urge everyone to attend their screening appointment.
JillP2
8th Oct 2018
2
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I had breast cancer 31/2 yrs ago ,and it was only found with my 3yearly mammogram,I had no lumps or any other signs .I had a lumpectomy,chemo,and radiotherpy and on tablets for 5yrs I am now clear. It was a high grade very fast spreading cancer ,so my mammogram saved my life .So please lady's don't ever miss your mammograms
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Absolutely yes! It may be uncomfortable, but why wouldn't you want to know if you had breast cancer and be in a position to get treatment than to find out too late? I had a Bowel Scope Screening last week and was surprised to find out that over 50% of people aged 55 turn down this invitation as well ... Feel free to read my blog about my experience! https://www.silversurfers.com/health/body/why-would-you-turn-this-invitation-down/
jeanmark
7th Oct 2018
1
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It never ceases to amaze me at how many women do not take up the offer of this free service.
Alicia
6th Oct 2018
2
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Yes, every 3 years.
CaroleAH
5th Oct 2018
4
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I recently found a lump and attended the hospital for mammograms and ultra-sound examinations. It turned out that I had actually got two lumps but fortunately neither were malignant. I accept any screening invites, be it mammogram or bowel cancer screening ( too old for cervical screening!) because i would rather know if there is a problem and get it dealt with than leave it too late.
Margaret Hart
5th Oct 2018
2
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I be.ieve that we are given a wonderful chance to ensure that if we have this awful disease it an be caught early so hopefully it can be cured.

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