"Information in advance of breast screening"
About: West Scotland Breast Screening Centre West Scotland Breast Screening Centre Glasgow G2 1QT
Posted by Gelin (as ),
I recently received an invitation to attend a breast screening session. Included in the mailing was a leaflet. On page 7 of the leaflet was the following comment:
Some women find the test uncomfortable or embarrassing, but remember that the mammographer is a health professional who carries out many mammograms every day.
The two clauses of this complex sentence do not provide the reassurance that I believe the breast screening service is trying to provide.
Someone, who in the course of their job carries out a procedure many times in a day is just as likely to not have compassion for the patient.
1 in 4 women are estimated to have experienced abuse in some form. For many of us, attending procedures such as mammograms or smears is almost impossible because of feelings of shame, embarrassment and humiliation.
Rewording this section of the leaflet could go some way to assuring women that their concerns will be understood and accommodated.