Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

1 in 5 Cornish Women Miss Breast Screenings

Delicious Submit this page to reddit

9:27am 30th October 2012
(Updated 9:27am 30th October 2012)

Pirate FM has learnt hundreds of women in Cornwall are missing potentially life-saving screenings for breast cancer.

One in five in places like Callington and Torpoint is not turning up for their mammogram.

St Austell survivor Pauline Giles set up charity Bosom Buddies after battling the disease. She said: "The stark reality is, if I had not gone for my screening I would be dead now. We're given this opportunity and we're so lucky, because other countries don't. It takes five minutes to have it done it done and most people walk away and everything's fine.

"If you don't go to these appointments how do you know you don't have a problem?"

Hear Pauline's story and why she is urging other women not to bury their heads in the sand here...

The data from Derriford hospital reveals that in Callington more than 3,000 women were invited to attend appointments, but 300 did not. 250 did not out of more than 2,000 invited in Torpoint and incomplete figures for Liskeard reveal that out of more than 3,000 invited to an appointment almost 400 did not attend.

Dr Jim Steel is in charge of screening in east Cornwall and west Devon. He said: "A bit like seeds in a flower bed, if we can get the weeds out really early before they take root and start growing, that can really make a difference. The outcome from breast cancer is much better if you find the cancer at a screening stage.

"The biggest block that we've got in Cornwall is that if women don't come we can't help them. We've got to find out why that is and do something about it. The biggest difference we could make is if more women came, that would result in us saving more lives - and that's what it's about for me."

Rob Harris from Polzeath lost his wife to cancer. He said: "The loss was devastating, as you can imagine. I have three daughters and they miss her terribly and also two grandchildren, who Bev didn't see grow up. Also, having three daughters it makes them think it could possibly happen to them, so they worry about it as well."

He is now trying to raise awareness and money for breast cancer charities through his Ann's Cottage surf shops. You can hear more of his story here...

Pirate FM requested figures for the rest of Cornwall from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust under the Freedom of Information Act, but officials failed to meet a legal twenty working day deadline to supply the information.

The warning signs to watch out for:

  • A change in your breasts size or shape
  • A lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue
  • A change in skin texture, like dimpling or puckering
  • Redness or a rash around the nipple
  • If your nipple becomes inverted or changes position or shape
  • Discharge from the nipple
  • A swelling in your armpit or around your collar bone
  • A constant pain in your breast

Source: Breast Cancer Care

9:27am 30th October 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles

WATCH: 10,000 Sign Petition To Save Cornish Language

It means the funding will have to be discussed by government

Most read
quake 3

WATCH: Earthquake Hits Cornwall

Experts say it is the biggest here in five years

police tape

UPDATE: Further Remains Found After Discovery Of Human Foot

Police are now searching the stream bed in woods near Truro

Top articles

Prime Minister Says Heathrow Expansion Will Be 'Hugely Important' To Cornwall In Duchy Visit

Cornwall News: She met with business leaders and airport bosses in Newquay this morning

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Brown pebble found on beach is first known dinosaur brain fossil

National News: A brown pebble discovered on a beach more than a decade ago is actually the world's first known example of a fossilised dinosaur brain, scientists have confirmed.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi out of the shadows with New Skin

Showbiz News: The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi has become a frontman for a new band called CRX, but says at first he "struggled to write lyrics".

First Lady Michelle Obama joins Hillary Clinton at rally for first time

World News: Michelle Obama has joined Hillary Clinton on stage for the first time in the presidential campaign.

Hearn still holding talks over AJ opponent

Sports News: Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that talks are ongoing "with a number of fighters" as he edges closer to confirming a challenger for Anthony Joshua.

PHOTO: Are These Oily Legs Or Painted Legs?

Strange News: The optical illusion is dividing the internet

Newer article

Pull Your Poppy with Pride

Cornwall News: Cornish servicemen and women begin a 170 mile journey to raise awareness of the 2012 Poppy Appeal and raise money for the Royal British Legion

Older article

New Inspector Pledges Tough Stance on Booze

Cornwall News: Inspector Dave Meredith returns to Newquay

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Pirate Oldies on DAB Digital RadioEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training


© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.


We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.