Moray women urged to use breast screening facility

A NEW LOCATION for the vital breast screening service will see the unit located at the Moray Coast Medical Centre in Lossiemouth for six weeks.

NHS Grampian say their mobile unit will be based at the centre from August 8 – and will invite women in the 50 to 70 age group to attend, with letters already being sent out.

In addition, the choice of venue will see women based at adjoining RAF Lossiemouth being invited to attend.

Manager of the screening service is Elspeth Hay, who said: “The aim of the programme is to detect breast changes at an early stage when treatment has the best chance of being successful.

“We hope that women invited for the first time will take advantage of their invitation for a mammography – and for women who have been screened previously, it is important to attend to ensure that there have been no changes over the past three years.

“The risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older – so if any woman missed or failed to attend their previous invitation, it is still important to come along for screening this time.”

Women above the age of 70 are also being encouraged to make their own appointment by calling the unit on 01224 550570.