Bassetlaw: Could you be the face of the district’s Breast Cancer Screening campaign?

Bassetlaw and Doncaster hospitals are seeking a new Breast Cancer Screening champion
Bassetlaw and Doncaster hospitals are seeking a new Breast Cancer Screening champion

A Bassetlaw woman is being sought to be the local champion for a Breast Cancer Screening campaign as the NHS looks to increase the number of women being screened for the disease.

Local women who have had breast cancer detected by a mammogram are invitedto put themselves forward to front the campaign and speak to women about why screening helped them.

The champion must be a person who has had breast cancer detected through screening to ensure they are suited to speaking up about the benefits that screening had to offer.

Anyone with a friend or relative who had detected breast cancer through the screening programme can also put themselves forward.

Moira Hanford, of Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals, said: “We are hoping to improve awareness of breast cancer and increase the number of women aged 50-70 taking up their offer of screening.”

“The programme are looking for a Bassetlaw woman who has had breast cancer or is going through treatment as a result of having a mammogram.”

“They must be willing to be the ‘champion’ for the district and to team up with champions from Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster to spread the word on the importance of breast screening.”

The appeal comes shortly after October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This offers the NHS the perfect opportunity to remind people of the symptoms of breast cancer and to check for any abnormalities.

The first symptom of breast cancer most people notice is a lump or area of thickened tissue in the breast.Most lumps aren’t cancerous, but you should see a GP if you find one.

Anyone interested in being the Bassetlaw Breast Screening champion should visit screeningcommsteam@dbh.nhs.uk