Return of breast cancer screening

BREAST cancer screening services have resumed at the Hospital after being halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March.

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The Primary, Prevention and Intermediate Care Group have sought to reduce the waiting list for appointments with high-risk and new-to-screening women being prioritised.

Claire Thompson, general manager of the Primary, Prevention and Intermediate Care Group, said: ‘We have been prioritising patients based on those high-risk individuals who have a family history of breast cancer.

‘We are really pleased that the team has managed to catch-up on the backlog of patients after the service was reduced due to Covid restrictions earlier in the year.’

The Health Department is encouraging women to seek advice from their GP should they be concerned by any symptoms.

Ms Thompson said: ‘If Islanders’ two-year routine screening is now overdue, they will be on the waiting list and will be notified in writing when an appointment is available.

‘We encourage women to check themselves for symptoms including lumps, changes in shape or skin texture or pain and to seek advice from their GP as soon as possible if they have any concerns.’

Women can register for a breast screening online where there is also a short video and information describing the process.

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