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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[…]

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32 years of mammography

Geraldine Shires, mammographer at the Nightingale Centre in Manchester, has dedicated her working life to ensuring women who need breast imaging get the best quality of service at what is often a very difficult time in their lives. One of the silent majority of health professionals who just get on with the job in often[…]

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Mammography: how should we talk about breast screening?

The breast: sensitive topic? Here’s an interesting blog about mammography. It takes an informal approach in the way it talks about breast screening; where words such as ‘boobs’, ‘cans’ and ‘puppies’ are used to describe breasts. The WoMMeN project team have spent a couple of years exploring women’s perceptions of the breast and breast screening.[…]

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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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Real life experience

Thank you to Liz Morton, one of our WoMMeN research participants, for sharing candidly her experiences of screening. I have always been aware of the importance to check my breasts regularly for lumps, puckered skin, discharges etc. Perhaps because being and staying healthy was an important facet to my life. In January 2010 I received[…]

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Look after me before others!

Many of us are naturally inclined to check that our poorly family members are all ok. Making appointments for them and arranging visits. Do you give yourself the same compassion?  I think not, many of us don’t. I am working part time and I have to arrange all my appointments on my days off..whatever they[…]

7 important things you should know about breast screening mammograms

By Leslie Robinson, WOMMeN Project Lead 1. You’ll be automatically called for screening if you fit the population criteria Yes, you don’t need to worry about making sure you’re on the list. There’s a tight system of control that’s managed by the NHS Breast Screening Programme. As long as you’re registered with a GP you’ll[…]

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Preparing for your mammogram: a mammographer’s perspective

One of the WOMMeN mammographers, Geraldine Shires, has reflected on her experience of advising women on a daily basis and has come up with this check list for preparing for your mammogram. Don’t Panic! “From the questionnaires which have been received it appears that a lot of women would like some explanation of what goes[…]