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More Women Could Get Breast Checks
7:01am 8th February 2013
More women in Cornwall could be screened for breast cancer.
Pirate FM has learnt bosses at Treliske are looking at widening the age limits for checks.
It would mean screening starts three years earlier at 47, and ends three years later, at 73.
Penzance survivor Chris Higgins would like to see it go further: "The longer we live there are going to be people in their 70's and 80's who have breast cancer and I'm delighted to think that we're extending the possibility of them being able to be screened.
"Also, younger women get breast cancer. I'd like to see the screening service running even earlier than 47. I'd like to see women being able to be screened in their 30's and 40's. Because we all know that the earlier the breast cancer is diagnosed then the better the outcome."
Breakthrough Breast Cancer is backing the pilot study too, but says screening women younger than 47 would not be effective.
Senior policy officer Dr Rachel Grieg said: "It's very uncommon for women in their 30's to get breast cancer but also the way that breast screening is done via mammogramy is just not effective in younger women. So, breast awareness really is the best tool that they have for themselves.
"Rather than going for screening it's really important to be breast aware. What this means is knowing what your breasts look and feel like normally and getting anything checked out by your doctor, anything unusual. It's as simple as TLC, Touch, Look, Check."
More tips on checking yourself and signs here.
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