WOMEN are being reminded to book their cervical and breast screening as Barnsley Hospital highlight the importance of screenings.

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw screening teams have spoken to staff at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in Barnsley and highlighted the importance of attending screening appointments to ensure any problems are caught early on.

One of the most worrying reasons people do not attend screening appointments is the fear of the unknown.

Neil Ratcliffe, Workgroup Manager for Department for Work and Pensions said: “Our staff found the sessions really informative and left feeling empowered to speak to their health professionals about any concerns they may have now or in the future.

"The information and advice they were given will hopefully encourage them to attend their screening appointments.”

Judith Clark, Programme Manager from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early through a mammogram which can spot cancers when they’re too small to see or feel.

"As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged 50 to 70 and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast screening every three years”.

“It’s vital women carry out a monthly breast self-examination. The key is to understand what is normal for you. If you notice that your breasts look or feel different, please don’t wait to be offered screening see your GP. With one in eight women in the UK diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it’s so important to be breast aware and attend screening appointments.”

If you have missed your breast screening appointment or would like more information on the breast screening process, please call Barnsley Breast Screening Unit on: 01226 432103.