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New Superintendent Radiographer for Breast Screening Unit 3 October 2008

The Department of Health and Social Security, along with partner organisations the Isle Of Man Anti-Cancer Association and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, is delighted to welcome Hilary Miller to the post of Superintendent Radiographer within the Isle of Man Breast Screening Service. Hilary has joined the team from her previous post in Blackburn as operational supervisor with the East Lancashire Breast Screening Service and will be building upon the initial work of the Screening Service.

Eddie Teare MHK, Minister for Health & Social Security said,

“We are delighted that someone with Hilary’s experience has joined the Breast Screening team and I welcome her to the Department. We look forward to the continued development of the Screening Service and would urge all women to attend their appointments when called.”

Carole Cowin, Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association President said,

“We are delighted to welcome Hilary to the Breast Screening Unit. We look forward to working with her to increase awareness of the Screening Service and would remind everyone that early diagnosis of cancer saves lives – please attend your appointment when invited.”

The IOM Breast Screening Service operates a ‘call and recall’ system which invites women between the ages of 50 and 70 for breast screening every two years. Women are invited in turn by GP practice and are asked to contact the appointments office as soon as possible if they are unable to make the appointment that has been allocated to them, in order to free up the appointment for another woman. In addition, women over the age of 70 are able to refer themselves for screening by contacting the unit directly to make an appointment.

Jan Brooks, Chair of IOM Breakthrough Breast Cancer added

“The IOM Breakthrough Breast Cancer group look forward to working closely with Hilary and her team. As October is Breast Awareness month we encourage all women to be breast aware and be able to recognise changes in the look or feel of their breasts. Any symptom should be checked out as soon as possible with your GP.” Breakthrough Breast Cancer is organising a number of events throughout Breast Awareness month in October including dress down days at work, pink parties and presentations to various Island schools and colleges.

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