Sheffield cancer survivor becomes breast screening champion

(l-r) Lynn Dick (Senior Radiographer), Joanne Lay (Breast Imaging Manager), Pat Howe, Cath Jones (Advanced Practitioner), Stephanie Lenoire-Payne (Senior Radiographer) and Clare Ross (Clerical Officer)
(l-r) Lynn Dick (Senior Radiographer), Joanne Lay (Breast Imaging Manager), Pat Howe, Cath Jones (Advanced Practitioner), Stephanie Lenoire-Payne (Senior Radiographer) and Clare Ross (Clerical Officer)
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A Sheffield woman is championing a breast screening campaign after she was diagnosed after a routine mammogram.

Pat Howe, 68, from Waterthorpe, volunteered to front the campaign in Sheffield to help encourage women aged between 50 and 70 to take up their breast screening invitations.

Mrs Howe attended her routine breast screening appointment at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital after receiving her invitation through the post.

Despite having no signs or symptoms, the mammogram detected breast cancer, which was then able to be treated.

Mrs Howe, who now has the all clear, is urging women to attend their mammogram appointments.

“It is really important that women take up their mammogram invitations. All it takes is a few minutes every three years, it could be a life saver for you just like it was for me,” she said.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is delivering the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw-wide breast screening campaign, has recruited seven ‘champions’ from across the region to speak out about their experiences.

Joanne Lay, Superintendent Radiographer for breast screening at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: “Breast screening allows us to detect whether you have breast cancer before you would even notice any signs or symptoms.

“Early detection offers a better chance of successful treatment and full recovery, therefore I strongly urge all women of Sheffield to join the fight and take up their breast screening invitations.”

Breast screening is available to women aged 50 to 70 years every three years.