Breast Screenings – 24 appointments per day
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While this is a frightening statistic, detecting breast cancer early makes it a very treatable diagnosis. Using the latest digital mammography technology, we are able to see cancers millimetres in size and before women have developed symptoms or a lump. All women over 40 should be having regular mammograms.
Action Cancer offer this free service to women aged 40-49 & 70+ (the NHS routine screening programme will call all women aged 50-70 every 3 years).
Appointments last approximately 10 minutes and results are processed within 3 weeks.
Testimony from Service User
Kate Comiskey lives near Markethill with her husband Patrick. She has three sons, David, Andrew and Patrick.
||“It was over Breast Cancer Awareness Month when I read in the newspaper that the Big Bus was coming to my home town. Being proactive about my health and somewhat curious about the service, aged 49, I booked a screening appointment onboard.
As a result I was referred to a specialist breast clinic for further investigation. I didn’t think much of it as I was fit and healthy and was at the time training for a marathon. When we got the news that it was cancer we were absolutely shell-shocked. I had six rounds of chemotherapy and then a course of radiotherapy.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a shocking blow to any individual; I was only 50 at the time. I felt let down by my body. I had, I felt, done everything in my power to defend myself from cancer through my active and healthy lifestyle. I never considered the idea of being personally afflicted by cancer.
I will be eternally grateful for the breast screening service that Action Cancer offers and for detecting the cancer so early. I have slowly but surely started to re-integrate myself into my old lifestyle; I am looking forward to becoming more like the old Kate Comiskey again.”
M.O.T. Heath Checks - 13 appointments per day
Health check appointments are for anyone aged 16 and over. They aim to increase awareness of the importance of early detection and to provide a picture of your current health and the areas you may wish to make changes in.
Each appointment will last 20 minutes and comprise 4 tests as outlined below, as well as a discussion on lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. These health checks do not diagnose cancer.