mammography device
Mammography device

Imatra's elderly council appeals to the welfare area to restore breast cancer screening closer to the residents of the northern end of the province

23.12.2022 11:36
The Council for the Elderly considers it unreasonable that every year 3000 women from the northern end of the province have to undergo screening all the way to Lappeenranta.

South Karelia's breast cancer screenings for women aged 50-69 have been centralized in Lappeenranta from the beginning of 2022. 

In the petition sent to Eksote, the elderly council states: "We are very concerned about the effects of the centralization decision. That's why we demand that the screening be returned to Imatra or that it be organized on a mobile basis, especially due to the inequality of the current practice."

Chairman of the Imatra Elderly Council Sanna Priorin according to which the elderly council felt it was their duty to intervene in the matter.

- The Elderly Council has received a message that the practice has been perceived as unfair. In addition, there is a risk that travel perceived as inconvenient will reduce visits to screenings and increase morbidity in the northern end of the province. Impact assessment should be done carefully when deciding on such a service, Prior states.

Eksote has tendered mammography screening services in 2021. The current service contract lasts until the end of 2023.

For more information:

President of the Elderly Council, Sanna Prior, tel. 040 593 7676, word.prioratimatra.fi (sanna[dot]prior[at]imatra[dot]fi)

Secretary of the Council for the Disabled Heikki Laine, tel. 020 167 2321, weak. waveatimatra.fi (heikki[dot]laine[at]imatra[dot]fi)