This Sunday (6 March) is Mother’s Day and as we celebrate being around special women in our lives, a Rotherham woman is encouraging women to think of their family when they are invited to attend their breast screening appointment.
Pat Gardiner, 62, a mother from Greasbrough, Rotherham is urging all women to make sure they are up to date with their breast screening appointments and is encouraging women to talk about the importance of breast screening after seeing the impact having breast cancer had not just on herself, but on her close family and friends.
Pat attended her routine mammogram appointment at Rotherham Hospital in April 2015. Despite showing no signs or symptoms, a small cancerous lump was detected. Shortly after her appointment she underwent surgery and now has the all clear. Pat is sharing her story in a bid to make women realise the decision to take up their breast screening invites also has an effect on their family and friends.
Pat said: “If it wasn’t for breast screening, the cancer wouldn’t have been detected so early and the treatment process wouldn’t have been so quick which saved me and my family a lot of worry. The whole process from attending my screening appointment to the follow up care has run so smoothly and quickly which I believe is down to the cancer being detected so early on.”
Faye Drabble, Superintendent Radiographer at Rotherham Hospital, part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, where Pat received her treatment said: “Pat’s story really shows why breast screening is so important, it allows us to detect breast cancer before there are any signs or symptoms. Early detection offers a better chance of successful treatment and full recovery and therefore I urge all women to make sure they are taking up their breast screening invites.”
Following on from her successful treatment, Pat will now be screened annually but is back to her normal family life, working and planning lots of holidays.
Pat said: “Having gone through this journey I now realise the impact cancer has on family and friends and I am very grateful that screening has enabled prompt treatment allowing myself, family and friends to get back to normal much sooner. I encourage all women, especially mothers to make sure they are up to date with their screening as thanks to breast screening I now have many more Mother’s Days to look forward to spending with my daughter.”
Breast cancer screening is currently available to women aged 50 to 70 years and Rotherham Hospital is urging eligible women across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to make the time to attend their screening appointment when they receive their invitation every three years.
Early detection offers a better chance of successful treatment and full recovery.
If you may have missed your last breast screening appointment or haven’t been screened within the last three years and want to self-refer, you can telephone the breast screening unit on 01709 424807 to make an appointment.