Footballers visit breast screening clinic

Doncaster Rovers have showed their support this Breast Cancer Awareness Month by visiting the local breast screening clinic.

161010-doncaster-rovers-visit-local-breast-screening-clinicMarko Marosi, Goalkeeper and Cedric Evina, Defender, pictured, took time out their training schedule to meet the breast screening team.

The Rovers are working in partnership with Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals in urging women aged 50-70 years old to take up their breast screening invitations every three years. Early detection of breast cancer through screening offers a better chance of successful treatment and full recovery. However approximately 1 in 5 women are not taking up their invitations to be screened.

During their visit, the players met the screening team staff who talked them through the breast screening process and the importance of screening. This was an opportunity for the players to ask questions and find out why breast screening can save lives.

Nick Gillott, Community Officer (Health and Wellbeing) for Club Doncaster said: “The visit was a great opportunity for our players to meet with their local screening team to be better informed about the process of breast screening and the importance of ladies attending their screening appointments. The players are going to be more proactive in encouraging their partners, wives, mothers, aunties and friends to be breast aware.

“During October, we will be reminding our fans and the local community of Doncaster to take up their invites.”

Breast screening is offered every three years to all women aged 50 to 70 with some women being called up as early as 47 through a pilot scheme.

 Christine Bosworth, Superintendent Radiographer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals said: “Millions of men, women and children are enthusiastically involved with football. Having professional football players and club members promoting the National Breast Screening Programme will make men more likely to talk to the women in their lives about attending  breast screening invites. This is a great campaign by the Rovers to make men and women more aware of breast cancer and the opportunity available for breast screening.”

If you have missed your last mammogram appointment or need more information on breast screening, call Doncaster breast screening unit on 01302 644966.

 

 

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