On building the National Breast Imaging Academy, Lester Barr said:
“Here in the UK, we can be very proud of our NHS breast screening programme, which is aimed at women over 50 and which saves thousands of lives every year.
As well as that, we have a network of diagnostic breast clinics up and down the country for women of any age who find a lump. But what is happening is that we are facing a workforce shortage.
We now need to train the next generation of doctors, nurses, radiographers, radiologists, mammographers.”
It’s estimated 12,000 people could be living with undiagnosed breast cancer due to 1.5 million fewer breast screening appointments being carried out during the pandemic.
Backed by Sally Dynevor, our appeal for a new National Breast Imaging Academy would enable up to 13,000 extra patients to be seen at The Nightingale Centre each year, as well as further dedicated space for research into breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.