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Action Cancer celebrates 40 years saving the lives of local women

Local charity Action Cancer is celebrating 40 years of its unique life-saving breast screening service which will coincide with the launch of their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign which runs throughout October.

Action Cancer is the only charity in the UK and Ireland to offer free breast screening to asymptomatic women aged 40 – 49 and over 70, those who fall outside the NHS screening programme age range (50 – 70).

Approximately 1,280 women are diagnosed with and 300 die from breast cancer in Northern Ireland every year. For every 1,000 women screened by Action Cancer, an average of six cancers are detected. The charity’s digital mammography equipment can detect cancer in its early stages when treatment can be more successful. The vast majority of women who come for screening will receive clear results and will be given peace of mind.

The BCAM campaign has been supported by Gordons Chemists over the last ten years, helping to spread the key message to female audiences that ‘early detection saves lives’. Fiona McQuillan, Pharmacist for Gordons Chemists said: “Our relationship with Action Cancer literally saves lives. We believe very strongly in the service Action Cancer provides and the lives that are being saved in the communities we serve, so we’re proud to continue to help spread this important and potentially life-saving health message.”

Women aged 40-49 and 70 plus can book their free breast screening appointment either online at actioncancer.org or by calling Tel: 028 9080 3344.

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