"Please go to screening" urges Nancy after all-clear
A FORMER nurse is urging women to use screening services after it was revealed 1 in 5 have missed appointments in Cheadle.
The mobile breast screening unit has been based at Cheadle Hospital since April and is offering routine screening appointments until September.
But 20 per cent of women referred by GP surgeries in the Cheadle area have failed to attend.
Nancy Hough, aged 81, from Cheadle, was told abnormal cells had been found after a five-minute scan at the mobile unit.
After further tests, Nancy was given the all-clear and is now encouraging other women to take up the service.
Nancy said: “Like everybody else, I saw the mobile unit was in Cheadle and it had been a long time since I had a breast examination, so I thought why not? Life is very precious, so I’ll have it done.
“I rang up and got an appointment, which came through very quickly and thought I’d go along.
“I’m very happy I did because they found some abnormalities. I went for biopsies – they took five samples – and everything came back clear.
“I was relieved it had been picked up because nowadays the treatment is fantastic.”
Nancy started working as a nurse at the age of 18 and went on to become a midwife before spending 20 years working in Cheadle as a health visitor.
A former Mayor of the town, she likes to get involved in the community and is urging others to take up the screening while the mobile unit is in Cheadle.
She added: “I like life, so I thought it was worth protecting.
“It’s far better to catch something early, so I’d say please go to the screening – it’s important not just for yourself, but for your family.
“To leave it is quite silly really, as it just gets worse and worse.
“It certainly isn’t painful, so just get over the fear and go along.”
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