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Breast cancer screening is set to return to normal service from today at Southend Hospital after being paused because of Covid-19.
Although high-risk patients were still being screened at the height of the pandemic, routine screening was stopped so radiographers at the hospital could support critical inpatient services.
The unit, based in the Nightingale Centre, has started sending invitations and reminders to people eligible for screening.
The first to benefit are those who had cancellations followed by anyone overdue a scan.
Clare Rogers, programme manager, said: "The aim of this service is to detect breast cancer at an early stage, often before any symptoms have been noted, so that treatment may therefore be simpler, more effective and gives a better chance of recovery."