Players from Rotherham United Football Club visited a local breast screening unit to show their support for Breast Cancer Awarenss Month.
The Millers are helping to spread the word this October and encourage local women to take up their breast screening invitations, as early detection of breast cancer through screening offers a better chance of successful treatment and full recovery. However, approximately one in five women currently do not take up their invitations to be screened.
Jamie Noble, head of community at Rotherham United, who joined team members for the recent visit to Rotherham Hospital, said: “It was a great opportunity for the team members to learn more about how important breast screening is and the role it plays in detecting cancer at an earlier stage.
“I hope that by the club promoting the campaign during October it will remind our fans and the local community that breast screening appointments are too important to miss.”
Breast screening is offered every three years to all women aged 50 to 70, with some women being called up as early as 47 through an age extension programme.
Faye Drabble, superintendent radiographer, said: “It’s great that we have the support of our local football team who are keen to look after the health of Rotherham women. Breast screening allows us to detect signs of cancer before women would be able to notice it themselves.”