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Screening programmes face a delicate balancing act in a time of health crisis

Fiona Ness


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Hiatus: BreastCheck decided to pause breast screening in March. Stock image

Hiatus: BreastCheck decided to pause breast screening in March. Stock image

Hiatus: BreastCheck decided to pause breast screening in March. Stock image

As any woman who has had a mammogram will attest, it is an extremely intimate examination. It involves close contact between the woman and the radiographer as breast tissue is manipulated, sensitively nudged and pressed into providing a picture of what's going on beneath the skin.

But as we have all discovered over the last few months, close contact is a highly problematic thing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With this in mind, BreastCheck, the National Screening Service's programme for women aged 50 to 68, took the decision in March to pause breast screening.