To show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, three team members of Rotherham United Football Club have paid a visit to Rotherham Hospital’s breast screening unit.
The Millers are helping to spread the word and encourage local women to take up their breast screening invitations. Early detection of breast cancer through screening offers a better chance of successful treatment and full recovery. However approximately 1 in 5 women are not taking up their invitations to be screened.
During the visit the players met the screening team and learned about the important role breast screening plays in the fight against breast cancer.
Jamie Noble, Head of Community at Rotherham United who also visited on the day said: “It was a great opportunity for the team members to learn more about how important breast screening is and the role it plays in detecting cancer at an earlier stage. I hope that by the club promoting the campaign during October it will remind our fans and the local community that breast screening appointments are too important to miss.”
Breast screening is offered every three years to all women aged 50 to 70 with some women being called up as early as 47 through an age extension programme.
Faye Drabble, Superintendent Radiographer said: “It’s great that we have the support of our local football team who are keen to look after the health of Rotherham women.
“Breast screening allows us to detect signs of cancer before women would be able to notice it themselves; which is why it so important women don’t ignore the opportunity to be screened. I would like to urge any women who have missed a breast screening appointment to contact us at the clinic to reschedule.”
If you have missed your last mammogram appointment or you would simply like more information on the screening process call the breast screening unit on 01709 424807.
Andrew Johnson, Communications Officer