Macclesfield charity, the Medical and Surgical Trust (MAST) needs your help!
28th May 2010
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Local charity, the Medical and Surgical Trust (MAST) is appealing to people across Macclesfield to help buy Macclesfield Hospital a much needed breast cancer scanner by the end of 2010.


The purchase of the new digital breast cancer scanner, which costs around £150,000, could allow doctors to spot the illness earlier on, particular among younger women, and in turn save countless numbers of lives.


Enabling the hospital to potentially spot cancer months earlier than normal, the new technology will need to be funded by local people and charities after lottery funding and NHS help has finished.


The breast screening unit at Macclesfield Hospital is the only one in East Cheshire and currently detects around 100 breast cancer cases a year. Michael Crotch-Harvey, director of breast screening at the unit, commented: ""It could be the difference between survival and not."


New Macclesfield MP David Rutley has also backed the campaign outlining: "We want to have the best possible equipment available for local residents so lets get behind the work of MAST and get this equipment quickly.


"The digital technology has been available for about five years but most hospitals still do without it."


For more information and to help with the campaign, visit the MAST website or call 01625 661988.


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