PERFORMANCE: Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust has invited more than 12,000 women for breast screening.

The screening will take place between early June and March 2015 under the NHS Breast Screening Programme..

Anne Pugh, breast screening nurse with the Chelmsford & Colchester NHS Breast Screening Service, said: “We advise women to carefully consider the offer to attend for a breast screening mammogram.

“Statistics show that one in eight women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and early diagnosis gives them the best chance of being cured.

“Breast screening does not prevent you from getting breast cancer but it does find cancers at an early stage when treatment is more likely to be successful and women are more likely to survive.”

The Independent Breast Screening Review, which was published last October, estimates that the NHS Breast Screening Programme prevents 1,300 deaths a year.