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Imaging tests for dense breasts: mammogram or ultrasound?

Thanks to Mrs Victoria Hipperson, Consultant Radiographer, breast imaging, from Whipps Cross hospital in London who wanted to help raise awareness of the challenges that exist in imaging dense breasts. Imaging tests to assess breast problems Women are often familiar with routine mammograms for screening those without any symptoms. These start from around the age of[…]

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10 mammogram questions for wheelchair users

Mammograms for physically disabled women Planning To make an accurate diagnosis, the mammogram has to be of a high quality.  This requires a complex set of skills and a good partnership between the radiographer and woman. These requirements are often enhanced when imaging physically disabled women. Remember you will be expected to: Undress your top[…]

My breast screening mammogram

I’ve had my mammogram today I make it a rule not to drink and use social media. I’ve just broken that rule. This is because I’ve had my mammogram today. No, it’s not the mammogram itself that has driven me to breaking my golden rule but the extra stress I’ve put myself under in attempting[…]

Breast density: real life patient experience

Our last blog, written by mammographer Cathy Hill, explained what breast density means and why dense breasts can be a problem on mammography. This triggered WoMMeN hub reader, Pat Copestake to send us her real life story. Regular mammograms normal I was attending the Breast Screening Programme at my local screening centre from 2004 when[…]

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Patient’s perspective in WoMMeN

Essential: The Patient’s Perspective We’ve found that the most rewarding aspects of working on the WoMMeN project is learning about mammography from a patient’s perspective. We’ve done this through chats on a closed Facebook Design Group but also by having patients form part of the project group. There’s a great blog from Liz Morton who’s[…]

Breast cancer: excuse me, are you aware?

This beautiful and moving blog was written by Bev Scragg, mammographer My mum Let me tell you about my mum: beautiful, but with no real awareness of how beautiful; big, blue eyes, generous, pouty lips and whippet-thin limbs; ditzy and giggly, with a predilection for drama; always, always reading whilst trying to find every conspiracy[…]

Chat and experience of breast X-ray, breast screening mammogram

Hello My Name Is…  WoMMen Forum Chat Here we introduce the story of an online WoMMeN Forum Chat that we held on Sept 7th, 2016. The theme of the chat was our experience within breast screening of the Hello My Name is… campaign. We have 7 themes, all grouped together, the comments from the eight[…]

Social media and breast screening: really?

Bev Scragg, mammographer at East Lancs, reflects on the findings into an audit into Trust social media policies and found some surprising things! Facetube? Chatsnap? InstantGran? So, you’re a mammographer working in the NHS and you’ve heard about this entity ‘Social Media’.  The kids are all ‘doing’ social media, whatever that is – is it[…]

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6 important facts about breast cancer for Asian women

This afternoon I attended the Asian Breast Cancer support group at the Nightingale Centre and Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention unit in Manchester. This group was set up by Prof Anil Jain and meets on a regular basis to support Asian women with breast cancer. I learned some really interesting things: Breast cancer is less prevalent[…]

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