October 5, 2011
The North-East Scotland Breast Screening at Peterhead
The North-East Scotland Breast Screening Programme will be screening at Peterhead until the end of January 2012.
Two mobile units will be based in the area, initially with one at the community hospital and another later at Ugie hospital. Due to screening regulations, mammograms can only be carried out at the unit where the appointment has been arranged and records can be checked. However anyone who is given an appointment which is not suitable can contact the screening centre on 01224 550570 for an alternative time. Women who work in Aberdeen may find it more convenient to attend the centre at Foresterhill.
Invitations will be sent to all women aged between 50-70 years registered with a General Practitioner at the Cruden Medical Group and Peterhead Health Centre. Women aged 71 years and over are not sent an invitation, but are encouraged to make their own appointment by contacting the screening centre.
The aim of the programme is to detect breast changes at an early stage when treatment has the best chance of being successful. It is hoped that women will continue to take advantage of their invitation for mammography as it is important to ensure that there have been no changes over the past three years. The risk of getting breast cancer increases the older you get, so if any woman missed or failed to attend their previous invitation, it is still important to come along for screening this time.