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Grimsby breast cancer screening unit unveiled

A new breast screening unit has been officially unveiled at a North East Lincolnshire hospital.

The facility at Cromwell Road Primary Care Centre in Grimsby uses digital mammography instead of X-ray film.

Bosses said the facility would reduce the number of women who had to be recalled for screening.

Women are first invited for a screening aged 50, but the unit is extending its age range to 47.

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Consultant nurse Rose Lebrun said: "Breast screening is an important method of detecting abnormalities at an early stage, allowing treatment when the cancer is most likely to be most effective."

The North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group said the use of digital technology meant that the mammographic image could be checked immediately after a screening and repeated if the test failed or the image quality was poor, before a patient left their appointment.

The facility, which took five years to plan, will be open to patients next month.

The unit was unveiled as it was revealed that women invited for breast cancer screening in the UK were to be given new information about the potential harms of being tested.

Women will be given more information after a review, published in the Lancet medical journal, showed that 3,971 women were having unnecessary treatment despite 1,307 lives being saved by screening every year in the UK.

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