EXCLUSIVE: 12,000 Bristol women miss crucial breast cancer screening

Thousands of women in Bristol and the surrounding area have missed their breast cancer screenings at the Bristol Breast Care Centre at Southmead Hospital.

According to Nicky Bright, the Superintendent Radiographer, only 48,000 out of the 60,000 women invited to breast screenings annually at the Centre actually attended.

Of the 48,000 women who attended their screening, 450 were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Ms Bright urges more women to attend and highlights the importance of having a screening every three years.

The Centre is responsible for screening not just Bristol but also the surrounding area with Weston Super-Mare, Clevedon, Shepton Mallet, Bath, Yate and many other towns in the catchment, keeping the centre extremely busy.

However that should not deter women from attending as “one member of staff can screen five ladies an hour”. This means that the cemtre can cope with large numbers of appointments and get through them quickly.

The Centre has also widened its age range for screenings from 50-70 to 47-73 meaning there will be more women in the region that are eligible for potentially life saving screenings.

For more information go to the Bristol Breast Care Centre website

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