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Breast test invites are sent out.

WOMEN in St Athan will be offered a routine breast cancer screening appointment next month.

Breast Test Wales will be sending the invitations to women aged 50 and above for screening from August 15. The potentially life-saving tests, which are offered by appointment only, will be carried out at the Breast Test Wales Centre at 18 Cathedral Road, Cardiff.

All women aged between 50 and 70 will automatically receive a postal invitation over the next few weeks if they are registered with a GP in the area. Women over 70 can be screened on request by contacting Breast Test Wales.

Helen Jessop, a screening promotion officer at Breast Test Wales, said: "One in nine women in the UK have a lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, so early detection is vital. Screening using breast X-rays, known as mammograms, can detect changes in the breast at an early stage, before symptoms can be seen or felt. And if we find breast cancer at an early stage, then the treatment has the best chance of being successful.

"Women aged 50 and above are targeted for screening because the disease is more common in older women, and the risk increases with age. Breast screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from the disease by around 35%. It takes just a few minutes, but could, quite literally, save your life."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 19, 2011
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