Kath is breast cancer screening champion

Katie Storer, Senior Communications and Engagement Officer for DBH, with Kath Parkin
Katie Storer, Senior Communications and Engagement Officer for DBH, with Kath Parkin

A Doncaster woman who has recently undergone treatment for breast cancer has put herself forward to be a screening champion for the borough.

Kath Parkin, 65, from Doncaster came forward after hearing the appeal by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals to find a local woman to help raise awareness of the importance of women over 50 going for their mammogram.

Kath attended a routine mammogram appointment at the age of 63. Her scan detected breast cancer, even though she had no signs or symptoms. Kath now has the all clear and is urging other women to respond to their screening invitations.

She said: “I saw the appeal and it was so close to home that I had to volunteer. The screening picked up my breast cancer before I knew anything was wrong and gave me best chance possible of a full recovery.

“Taking up my invitation saved my life.”

The campaign encourages women aged between 50 and 70 to attend important breast screening appointments in a bid to detect breast cancer early and offer a better chance of successful treatment and full recovery.

Kath is one of seven Breast Screening Champions to have been recruited from across Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to help promote Breast Screening across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.

Breast screening is currently available to women aged 50 to 70 years and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals are urging eligible women across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to make the time to attend their screening appointment, when they receive their invitation every three years.

Jayne Fielden, Superintendent Radiographer for breast screening at the Trust said “We are committed to providing first class care for our patients, and I am urging all Doncaster ladies to join the fight and take up their invitation.

“Screening for breast cancer saves lives. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment remain the most effective way to reduce the impact of breast cancer. Early detection offers a better chance of successful treatment and full recovery.”

If you are aged 50 to 70, look out for your screening invitation in the post. If you can not make the appointment offered, contact the screening unit and it can be ere-arranged.

If you have missed your last mammogram appointment or you would like more information on the screening process call the breast screening unit on 01302 320112.