It is hoped having a mobile breast cancer screening unit in the centre of Newcastle will encourage more women to get checked.
More than 14,000 eligible women registered with local GPs will be able to be screened between June 2018 and August 2019 at the unit, which will be positioned at the Morrison’s supermarket on Goose Street.
Jessica Mulroy Johnson, Health Improvement Practitioner, said: “Unfortunately, nationally, the numbers of women taking up breast screening are dropping.
"We are hoping that by increasing women’s awareness of the service, why and what we do, along with the service being conveniently located, we will be able to increase uptake of screening.
"Breast screening is incredibly important and I’d urge all those ladies who receive a letter inviting them to have a screening to accept the invitation.
"The unit will be on the site until early August 2019, so it’s imperative that we screen as many ladies as we can.”
National figures suggest screening programmes save around 1,300 lives each year.
More than 1,200 women who are due to be screened will be receiving an invite over the coming weeks, while women over the age of 70 who have not been screened within the last three years,may also make an appointment by contacting the screening office on 0300 123 1463.