Breast Screening & Assessment Service

Sheila Younger


Sheila's Story

Sheila Younger, 55 from Alnwick stars in the adverts currently travelling around the region on buses.

She says: “Breast screening detected my breast cancer at an early stage which enabled me to have successful treatment.

“I was invited to my first routine breast screening appointment in 2011.  When I received my results, I was advised that further investigation was required."

Sheila attended the assessment clinic at the RVI where she had to have core biopsies taken. These biopsies showed that her right breast had a carcinoma.

Sheila continues: “I had follow up discussions with the medical staff at the Breast Screening and Assessment Centre which were all very informative. I was able to find out about the different treatment and surgery options available to me.

“I was made fully aware of the treatment options at every stage to enable me to make an informed and considered decision about how I wished things to proceed. I always felt that my concerns were listened to by staff. The care, thoughtfulness and kindness of all staff are something that cannot be overestimated during difficult times”

However Sheila’s story doesn’t finish there. She continues:

“During further check-ups in 2014, a carcinoma in my left breast was discovered. This required further surgery and radiotherapy.

“At the present time, I am free of breast cancer but attend twice-yearly screenings to monitor things.

“I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending that all women who are eligible for the routine breast screening programme take advantage of the process. I consider myself proof of the benefit of detecting breast cancer at an early stage through the screening service.”

For more information on our breast screening service click here.

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