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Science editor, BBC News website
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The breast screening programme, which was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak, has resumed in Scotland.
Patients will receive letters to reschedule appointments but it will take some time to fully restore the service.
Melanie Sturtevant from Breast Cancer Now says screening prevents around 1,300 deaths a year across the UK, while NHS Scotland has estimated there is a backlog of around 78,000 women that have missed out on appointments.
"Screening is very important in helping to detect breast cancer at the earliest stages when treatment is likely to be more successful," she tells BBC Radio Scotland.
"It is really important and encouraging these plans have been put in place to resume the service."
Ms Sturtevant says officials do not yet know what the long-term impact will be of missed screenings, but the most important thing is to safely minimise delays to catch-up appointments and make sure women feel confident to attend.
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Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman announces that the breast cancer screening programme, paused since 20 March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will resume.
Anyone invited for a screening before services were halted, or who wasn’t able to attend, or had their appointment cancelled for any reason, will receive a letter in the coming weeks.
If an appointment was cancelled, the letter will give a specified timed appointment.
If someone couldn’t make an original appointment, they will be given an invitation to contact the clinic to make a new one.
There will also be invitations sent out to women who would normally be due for a screening.
There will be no change to the screening process itself but additional hygiene measures have been introduced, with staff wearing PPE and appointments staggered so waiting areas are quieter and physical distancing can be observed.
It will "take a bit of time" to get the programme back up and running, but this is an "important further step", says Ms Freeman.
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Professor Jason Leitch answers your questions on the coronavirus...
Q: Our daughter lives in Newcastle with one other flat-mate. Can she visit us in Helensburgh under the new 'extended household groups' guidance?
A: Not yet, I'm afraid. The extended family units need to have one element of them living alone - or only with kids under 18. It's a first step to try and reduce loneliness.
Q: I am waiting for a colonoscopy after a bowel cancer screening test and I have heard absolutely nothing.
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You need to have that procedure and I am confident that you should hear something in the next few weeks about how that will work out. We need to catch up with people who are waiting for the diagnostic test - they are top priority. And we need to catch up with three months of screening that has been missed.
If you don't hear soon, get in touch with your GP and they should be able to work it out.
Q: What are you looking forward to most as lockdown restrictions ease?
A: Father's Day. I haven't seen much of my parents since this all began. It looks like rain on Sunday unfortunately, so a little celebration in the garden tomorrow is the plan.
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Jeane Freeman says cancer screening in Scotland - one of many services suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic - should resume this month.
The health secretary says some areas - for example, bowel screening - are relatively straightforward, whereas treatment that involves close contact, like breast screening, may take longer to re-introduce safely, for patients and staff.
"We need to make sure all mitigating steps are in place," she tells Politics Scotland. "We can't have a lot of people in a waiting room waiting for their mammogram, for example.
"So that will take a bit longer, but the intention is to begin the screening programme again this month."
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