Our Women’s Health centre is unique in the aspect that once you have turned 40, you are eligible to have a mammogram (Enhanced Breast Screening) with us, as opposed to waiting until you are 50 under the NHS.
"The idea that you are only eligible to have a mammogram once you’re 50 is a complete myth," Johanna explains. "There’s a stigma that the NHS will only call when it’s appropriate, but the reality is they are unfortunately understaffed, on a budget and incredibly busy. Many medical colleagues and GPs I know weren’t aware of this information, so it’s really important to raise awareness and start getting checked as soon as possible to detect a potential cancer." she says.
In addition, once you turn 70 you are no longer eligible for screening under the NHS, but you can still self-request one at our Women’s Health centre.
Our Enhanced Breast Screening uses tomosynthesis, a form of 3D mammogram technology that can identify abnormalities much more clearly on the x-ray. ‘As a result of such advanced technology, we pick up more anomalies in test results, and consequently 40 per cent of our patients receive follow-up needle testing to ensure they are healthy,’ Johanna says.
"By getting screened earlier at 40, we are able to detect abnormalities or breast lumps and reach a diagnosis earlier, more often than not resolving them with minor surgery. This prevents what may have manifested into something more harmful or even breast cancer by the time you reach 50."