One in three ignore cancer screening offer

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WOMEN are being offered breast screening closer to home as figures reveal that more than one in three in an area of Hull fail to take up tests.

A mobile unit will be at Woodford Leisure Centre on Holderness Road until the end of November in a bid to improve the figures. In East Hull, 35 per cent of women fail to take up an appointment, compared to 28 per cent across Hull and East Yorkshire. The most common cancer in the UK, one in eight women develop the disease during their lifetime.

Humberside Breast Screening Service hopes to screen up to 16,500 women over the next year with the service moving next to Withernsea and then Hedon.

Superintendent radiographer Helen Warren said: “Catching any changes in the breast early mean that we are much more likely to be able to ensure a positive, long-term outcome for our patients.”

Breast cancer incidence is increasing, but research into earlier diagnosis and treatment means more women survive.