This week, I was concerned to read that Glasgow had the lowest take up in Scotland of breast cancer screening between 2004 to 2010. The women who are most at risk of developing breast cancer are over 50 and living in disadvantaged areas. So, it would seem that more efforts has to be made to reach out to women who are already experiencing stress and health issues from living in poverty.
Women are usually involved in caring for families and often forget to prioritise their own health needs. It is really important that early diagnosis takes place as this is crucial to saving their lives.
I hope that there is discussion with women's organisations working in disadvantaged areas to find out how information about the breast screening programmes and advice services can be distributed more widely.
Women over 50 require support and encouragement from their friends and family to go along to the 3-yearly check ups.
Breast Cancer Care - http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/
Breast Cancer Screening - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/health/cancer/Cancer-Screening/bcscreening
Breast Screening - http://www.nsd.scot.nhs.uk/services/screening/breastscreening/index.html