Mihaela Atkinson a white woman with long purple hair sits on a green sofa wearing pink glasses

A DOG SITTER from Leigh is encouraging women to go for their mammograms – when they are invited – to help catch breast cancer early.

Romanian-born Mihaela Atkinson, 52, from Leigh, was invited for her first mammogram in March.

With her wife Sue working at Manchester NHS Foundation Trust in cancer trials, Mihaela knew how important it was to take up the screening.

Mihaela Atkinson wants to demystify mammograms and get more women – including lesbian and Romanian women – to talk about them.

Mihaela, a rocker and keen cyclist who runs her own dog sitting business, said:

“The more we talk about mammograms both in the lesbian community and the Romanian community and in general the better.

“I was very pleased to get my mammogram invitation. I didn’t hesitate to go along at all. I know from growing up in Bucharest, we are lucky to benefit from this screening service in the UK, but not many women I know seem to talk about it much. So wanted to put that right! It’s a free service that’s provided by the NHS, we should go and not waste it! You don’t often see pictures of women like me in information leaflets, but mammograms are important for all women!”