Northern Ireland Leads The Way in Breast Screening

18 May 2018

Action Cancer has announced the UK’s first 3D digital breast cancer Screening Service. The announcement coincided with an International Conference hosted by the charity on Breast Imaging and Cancer Detection at Queen’s University.

The Conference attracted over 120 health professionals including radiologists, radiographers, surgeons, specialist doctors, breast care nurses from USA, Sweden, UK and Ireland.

Action Cancer screens 10,000 women annually for breast cancer, aged 40-49 and 70 plus (who fall outside the NHS screening invitation age range). This service is not available anywhere else in the UK or Ireland.

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is a technology that captures a 3D image of the breast. Compared to existing 2D technology, Action Cancer will now be able to detect more cancers and with equal importance, reduce the number of women being called for further investigation.

Joanna Currie, Consultant Radiographer at Action Cancer, said; “Action Cancer is the only charity in the UK or Ireland that provides breast screening for women. The charity has a long history of introducing ground-breaking technology and Tomosynthesis will save many lives and bring peace of mind to thousands of women every year in Northern Ireland.”

Keynote speaker Dr Mike Linver, who led the federal government’s task force on Mammography Standards in the USA added; “The introduction of DBT by Action Cancer characterises the charity’s pioneering role in breast cancer detection. It is remarkable that a small organisation in Northern Ireland is making such an impact on the world stage.”

This latest technology represents an investment of half a million pounds by Action Cancer and free breast screening is now available at Action Cancer House and on board the Big Bus (supported by SuperValu and its independent retailers) which visits 225 locations annually.