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Breast cancer screening service returns to High Peak

Breast cancer screening clinics are returning to the High Peak - in a move welcomed by the local MP. 

The mobile screening unit was withdrawn last year due to Covid, and instead women were asked to travel to Bakewell or Chesterfield.

Concerns were raised that the distances involved would mean women would be unable to make appointments and cancer could go undiagnosed.  

Now North Derbyshire Breast Screening Service has four mobile vans in service and changes have been made to working practice that allow them to increase the number of appointments available for each day.  

Women will be contacted and invited for appointments directly. 

Clinics will be held in Buxton, Chapel, New Mills and Hope. 

When the screening unit was withdrawn, MP Robert Largan launched a petition, which over 2,000 local people signed, and led a debate in parliament securing a public commitment that breast screening would be brought back by July. 

He said: “I am delighted that breast cancer screening clinics have returned to the High Peak. Early diagnosis is vital for breast cancer survival rates. 

“I am pleased that this promise has been kept and that local screening clinics are now going ahead across the borough. 

“A huge thanks to our local NHS for working so hard to bring this service back to the High Peak. 

“Thanks to everyone who signed my petition as well. This shows what we can achieve when we work together.” 

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