A local GP practice is encouraging its patients to attend their breast screening appointments.

Barnsley Breast Screening Unit have invited all women aged between 50 and 70 years who are registered with the Wombwell Medical Centre, in Barnsley, for a screening appointment to check for signs of breast cancer.

Breast screening is currently available to women aged 50 to 70 years of age and ladies are automatically invited to an appointment every three years. Some ladies who are registered at the practice have been selected as part of a pilot scheme so will be called for screening between the ages of 47-49 and 71-73. The appointments will take place at the breast screening unit at Barnsley Hospital, which has an all-female team.

The practice recently welcomed the NHS Screening Communications Team to have conversations with their patients about the importance of attending breast screening.

Judith Clark, Superintendent Radiographer at Barnsley’s Breast Screening Unit, said: “Mammograms can detect breast cancer before any visible signs or symptoms and it’s this early detection that makes attending your screening appointment vital. The earlier breast cancer is detected the better your chances of successful treatment and a full recovery. The appointment will only take about ten minutes and it will give you peace of mind. If you cannot make the appointment on your letter, don’t worry, just give us a ring and it can be easily rearranged. We’d like to thank Jane (Taylor), Practice Manager and the rest of the team at Wombwell Medical Centre for their support in encouraging patients to take up this invitation.”

Jane said: “We are doing our upmost to emphasise the importance of attending breast screening to all of our patients, so please ladies, when you receive that invitation through the post don’t think twice. We hope the information provided by the NHS Screening Team will encourage ladies to attend – even if we only change the mind of one woman, it’s one potential life saved.”

If you think you have missed a mammogram appointment or you would simply like more information on the screening process, please call the screening team on 01226 432100.