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Breast Cancer

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women have died of breast cancer for each of the last 10 years.

The numbers of deaths of women from breast cancer (ICD 174) in England and Wales have been as follows:

YearDeaths of Women
196910,622
197010,677
197111,182
197211,149
197311,428
197411,239
197511,637
197611,763
197711,820
197811,915

asked the Secretary of Stale for Social Services what training is currently given to nurses to enable them to detect breast cancer; if he is satisfied with the adequacy of this training; and what plans he has to make it more widely available.

Nurses working in family planning clinics receive special training in detecting the symptoms of breast cancer. The training of health visitors and nurses working in the community in health education and the prevention of disease includes surveillance of high risk groups, including women, in the groups most liable to develop breast cancer.Training programmes are updated as the effectiveness of new diagnostic methods is proved.