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Breast Cancer: North East Region

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women screened for breast cancer in (a) Gateshead, (b) Sunderland and (c) the North East in the last 12 months were being screened less than 36 months after a previous screening. (162256)

Information is not available for the last 12 months. The following table outlines the current uptake of breast screenings in the North East strategic health authority area for the latest period that figures are available.

Breast screening programme: coverage of women aged 53-641 for the North East SHA, by Primary Care Organisation

As at 31 March 2006

Eligible population2

Number of women screened

Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (Percentage)

England

3,633,181

2,756,716

75.9

North East SHA

188,399

147,306

78.2

County Durham and Tees Valley

86,004

66,574

77.4

5J9

Darlington

7,378

5,742

77.8

5KA

Derwentside

6,562

4,904

74.7

5KC

Durham and Chester-Le-Street

11,216

9,168

81.7

5J8

Durham Dales

7,308

5,933

81.2

5KD

Easington

6,985

5,529

79.2

5D9

Hartlepool

6,467

4,500

69.6

5KN

Langbaurgh

8,034

6,542

81.4

5KM

Middlesbrough

11,689

8,188

70.0

5E1

North Tees

12,987

10,649

82.0

5KE

Sedgefield

7,378

5,419

73.4

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

102,395

80,732

78.8

5KF

Gateshead

14,523

11,700

80.6

5D7

Newcastle

15,187

11,119

73.2

5D8

North Tyneside

15,215

11,979

78.7

TAG

Northumberland Care Trust

26,800

21,365

79.7

5KG

South Tyneside

10,713

8,586

80.1

5KL

Sunderland Teaching

19,957

15,983

80.1

1 The breast screening programme covers women aged 50-64 but it was extended to invite women aged 65-70 in April 2001. The last unit began inviting women in April 2006, full coverage to age 70 should be achieved by 2008-09. Until then coverage of the screening programme is best assessed using the 53-64 age group as women may be first called at any time between their 50th and 53rd birthday.

2 This is the number of women in the resident population less those recorded as ineligible.

Source :

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