Women urged to use Lincolnshire breast screening service

Women in Lincolnshire are being urged to use the breast screening service after figures showed almost a quarter did not turn up for their appointments.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said 24% of women aged between 50 and 70 missed their check-up last year.

Officials said the test could be a life saver and if people did not wish to attend they should let doctors know.

Last year a major study rejected fears that screening produced too many false alarms.

Radiology Breast Services Manager at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Bernadette Trzcinski, said: "There is no need to be nervous, our staff are professional and considerate and happy to discuss with the women any anxieties they may have.

"If they can't make it to the appointment time, date and location offered, they can contact us and it can be re-arranged."

A study published last year found that for every 28 cases diagnosed by screening, 2.5 lives were saved and one case was over-diagnosed.

More than 45,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, and more than 12,000 die from the disease.

In England from 2012 screening will be extended to women aged from 47 to 73.

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