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Help Break Down Breast Cancer Screening Barriers

Help Break Down Breast Cancer Screening Barriers


Be involved in a project to co-create new tools to address some of the challenges of breast cancer screening attendance

  • Workshop
  • Influence

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Breast cancer is now the most common type of cancer in the world. To treat breast cancer effectively it is important to find it early. We do this by asking women aged between 47 and 73 to come to screening appointments (called mammograms).

However, many women choose not to attend these appointments, especially in areas of London. This may be for a number of reasons including not understanding why the appointment is necessary, not having time to go or previous bad experiences. This is particularly important for certain groups, such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women.

We are trying to develop new ways to overcome these challenges and are inviting women to help us co-create these solutions during two workshops (Wednesday 17th November and Wednesday 1st December between 1pm to 3.30pm). The workshops will be held with healthcare designers, doctors and behavioural scientists to come up with solutions in an NHS England funded project.


Please note, that while the November workshop has passed we are still looking for volunteers to be involved in the workshop on 1st December 2021.

Volunteer Criteria

We hope to invite individuals over the age of 47, who have had an invitation to breast screening to share their experiences in the format of online workshops. For the workshops we are involving:

  • cisgender women
  • trans men and non-binary people assigned female at birth who have not had an operation to remove the breasts (bilateral mastectomy) and
  • trans women and non-binary people assigned male at birth and who have taken feminising hormones

You do not need to have attended to take part.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be invited to join an online interactive workshop (lasting 2.5h). During the workshops you will be asked to share your experiences of breast cancer screening, give your opinions on some of the existing work we have done so far, and help create solutions to facilitate breast cancer screening.

This may involve looking at message wording, giving an idea of helpful imagery or discuss potential issues with particular solutions.

When and where?

You must be available for an online workshop on Wednesday 1st December 1pm -3.30pm.

There will be no preparation needed for these workshops.

Will I get anything for taking part?

You will be reimbursed for your time involved as per the NIHR policy. You will also get the rare opportunity to be involved in developing a video and invitation for the breast screening services, learn more about this topic and use your experiences to help create a research trial funded by NHS England.

How to take part?

Please register your interest by completing a short online form available from the following link:

The deadline to apply is 5 pm on the 24th November 2021.

Application will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the deadline.

If you have any trouble accessing/completing the form please get in touch with Dr Amish Acharya via [email protected] or 07811327985

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