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Breast Cancer: Screening

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the breast cancer re-screening rate, within 36 months is in (a) England, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) Wakefield; (156379)

(2) what proportion of eligible women in the Leeds/Wakefield breast screening area are receiving scans within the 36 month national standard.

36-month breast cancer screening interval rates for England and Leeds Wakefield and Bradford Pennine, the two screening centres which cover West Yorkshire, are shown in the following table. 38-month interval rates are also given as an indicator of how close intervals are to the national standard of 36 months. Figures are not available for Wakefield alone.

Percentage

36 month breast cancer screening interval rate—April to June 2007

38 month breast cancer screening interval rate—April to June 2007

England

67

90

Bradford Pennine screening centre

69

93

Leeds Wakefield screening centre

10

46

Source:

NHS Cancer Screening Programme

The Government take the issue of the 36-month standard between screens very seriously and that is why Professor Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director, wrote to the chief executives of all 10 strategic health authorities in England on 9 February 2007 highlighting the importance of maintaining the 36-month interval.