Thousands Of Women Have Missed Their Last Breast Screening Appointment

New statistics show that nearly 8,000 women in Preston missed their last screening appointment for breast cancer.

New figures by The UK National Screening Committee show that only 67.9% of the 24,925 women who were invited for a screening accepted the offer. This means that 7,995 women did not attend their latest screening and their records may not be up-to-date.

This compares with 71.% of women across the UK who attended their last breast screening appointment.

Women are invited every 3-years between the ages of 50 and 70 for a screening to help diagnose cancer earlier and give the patient a better chance of survival. The current programme began in 2007.

Breast Cancer Now’s Chief Executive, Delyth Morgan, said; “It’s promising that uptake of breast screening in England has improved slightly after reaching a decade-low last year and we hope this now continues.

“But screening uptake is still barely above the minimum target, with hundreds of thousands of women across the country not attending.

“While screening comes with some risks to be aware of, we’d encourage all women to attend their appointments when invited.”

Director of Screening at Public Health England, Anne Mackie, said; “While screening is a personal choice, we are analysing the barriers that deter some groups of women, to help the NHS improve overall numbers getting screened.”

“Breast cancer survival is at a record high in England with deaths falling faster than anywhere else in Europe, thanks to earlier detection and advances in treatment.

“It is vital that women attend their test and the NHS is looking at ways to boost uptake, including by making appointments more convenient, as set out by Professor Sir Mike Richards in his recent review of screening services.”

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