Regular Breast Screening Saves Lives


REGULAR screening is essential in helping pick up breast cancer early, at the pre-invasive stage, according to a local breast surgeon.

‘It helps women take charge of their health,’ said Thomas Fysh, who joined the Medical Specialist Group last year. ‘If women present at this stage, they will require [often] less in the way of surgery and extra treatments.

‘While it does not always follow that cancers found at screening have a better prognosis than those found as lumps, it is generally true that smaller, screen-detected cancers are easier to treat than larger lumps.

‘I believe that it does save lives, albeit at the expense of extra investigations for women who will end up not having cancer. We have plans to upgrade the mammography equipment in the next year or so.’

The breast screening programme in Guernsey invites all women between the ages of 50 and 75 to attend every two years. Although trained in a wide range of general and emergency surgery, Mr Fysh has a special interest and sub-specialty training in reconstructive and oncoplastic breast surgery.

He is also trained in cosmetic and symmetrising breast surgery, breast reduction and fat grafting.

Mr Fysh explained how breast cancer nurse specialist Sharon Treacy had begun to bring the ‘breast awareness message’ to corporate business and other health professionals.

‘Sharon has already run a session at the MSG and is having discussions with the Institute of Health Studies to run breast awareness sessions as part of nurse training,’ he said. ‘She is also putting plans in place to run a tailored rehabilitation course for people who have finished breast cancer treatment.’

Sessions are currently run in schools by sexual health and relationship educators, known as Share.

Any business that would like to book a breast awareness session should call Sharon Treacy on 724816.

Article courtesy of the Guernsey Press & Star

Picture : Breast surgeon Tom Fysh believes regular screening saves lives, while clinical nurse specialist Sharon Treacy is running breast awareness sessions for businesses. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 7283426)

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