A report released today has uncovered a downfall in the NHS breast screening programme. The initiative targets women between the ages of 47 to 74 and encourages them to attend regular breast screenings (every three years). The statistics suggest a year-on-year decrease in the number of women attending for screening.

Our very own Cliona Kirwan, part of the Genesis medical advisory board and consultant surgeon, appeared on the red sofa for BBC Breakfast this morning. She shared her in-depth expertise and gave insight into the issues that arise when screenings are ignored.

Lester Barr, chairman of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, said: “It is disheartening that sceptical voices about breast screening have led to the year-on-year decrease in the NHS breast screening programme.

“The screening process is crucial to identify breast cancer in its earliest stages. During the primary onset of the disease, many women are unable to detect changes by self-examination alone. The decreased stats prove that more needs to be done to encourage women between the ages of 47 and 74 to attend their regular breast screening appointments.

“It’s imperative that the issue is addressed and plans are put into action to combat the downfall.  Prediction, prevention and early detection are at the heart of the work we do at Genesis. We make it our mission to better educate women on the benefits of screening and the importance that it plays in helping to create a breast cancer free future.”