Next month would have been 3 years since my last mammogram but at 73 this year, I knew from the NHS website I’d have to call for an appointment, rather than be “invited” (funny expression!). I am aware that the incidence of breast cancer rises significantly after 70; according to Cancer Research UK, fully 1/4 of all new cases arises in women over 75. So I was very upset to be told that this screening facility has now been withdrawn on the advice of Public Health England and there is no clear indication of when, if ever, access to this valuable test will be restored for us older ladies. I’ve had a very dreary answer from my MP citing the predicable coronavirus excuse which is not very helpful.
Anyone else in this boat? Or as worried as I am that the withdrawal of facilities could quietly become permanent.
Can anyone recommend a positive course of action? I could patiently wait another six months and try again, but I have several friends who are suffering terribly from cancers where treatment has been delayed or withheld on the basis of “coronavirus blocking” and I would like to see our full NHS service up and running for ALL of us as soon as possible.
Who else is concerned or has had a similar experience?
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