Fewer women going for subsidised mammograms
Take-up figure for national breast cancer screening falls by 8,000
DESPITE 15 years of campaigns pushing for early detection of breast cancer, fewer women are going for subsidised mammograms available to those over 40.
Take-up numbers for the national breast cancer screening programme fell by about 8,000 last year from the previous 12 months.
Doctors say fear of pain during the mammogram - in which the breasts are compressed for an X-ray to be taken - and time constraints are common reasons cited by patients.
Many also feel that they are "healthy" and will not succumb to the disease. Yet, breast cancer is the top cancer among women here, accounting for nearly 30 per cent of all cancer cases.