With the number of breast cancer screening appointment attendances falling across South Lancashire, 13 beauty salons have joined forces with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust to give a little boost to those women who do attend.
According to recent figures, three in every ten women between 47 and 73 years of age, who are invited to attend a free breast screening appointment, are failing to show.
But, as an added incentive, hair and beauty salons across Lancashire are offering special discounts to those ladies who attend their breast screening appointments as part of the Breast Screening for Beauty campaign.
“A huge thank you must be given to the hair and beauty salons and GPs across Lancashire for their generosity and support,” says Janet, Patient Navigator for South Lancashire Breast Screening, “this incentive will hopefully encourage more women to attend their appointments and increase awareness about breast screening.”
Claire Treacher from Claire Formby Salon in Wigan, said; “I am really happy to support this campaign.
“It is important to encourage women to attend breast screening and what better way than to reward yourself than to relax in our salon having a professional treatment at a discounted price?”
Kicking off on June 16th, ladies who attend their breast screening appointments will be given a card as proof of attendance that they should take with them to redeem their discounts.
Other salons offering discounts and special rate treatments are:
- Serine Spa, Wigan Lane, Wigan
- Hidden Gem Beauty Parlour, Chapel Street, Chorley
- Crystal Beauty, Gidlow Lane, Wigan
- Elements Day Spa, Leyland Road, Penwortham
- Cleopatra Face and Body, Park Hall, Charnock Richard
- Melanie Victoria Hair Salon, Ormskirk Road, Upholland
- Platino, Hawthorn Crescent, Skelmersdale
- The Urban Spa, Park Road, Chorley
- The Hair Company, Preston Road, Standish
- Beauty Parlour Hindley, Market Street, Hindley
- Beauty Parlour Westhoughton, School Street, Bolton
- Toni and Guy, Fishergate, Preston
Sheena Hilton, NHS Breast Screening Manager at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said: “In certain areas of Lancashire, fewer than half of women aged 50 to 70 attend to be screened every three years, even though screening is free, fast and easily accessible.
“If breast cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage of its development, it is estimated that after five years 99 out of 100 women diagnosed will still be alive, so to being screened regularly and detecting changes early is very important.”
Currently, 12,000 women die from breast cancer, in the UK every year and it remains the country’s most common cancer type. Breast screening remains a highly effective way of detecting cancer at an early stage and delivers the best chance of successful treatment.
Should you require further information about breast screening, contact the South Lancashire Breast Screening Unit at The Thomas Linacre Centre, Wigan on 01942 774713, or contact your own GP.
For a full list of discounts and treatments available visit www.wwl.nhs.uk and click on the Breast Screening for Beauty banner on the homepage.