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Breast Cancer: Screening

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breast cancer screenings took place in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. (195229)

The following table shows breast screening coverage in the areas requested. We are unable to identify Jarrow separately. Jarrow constituency is within South Tyneside primary care trust (PCT), for whom information has been provided.

Coverage is the percentage of eligible women with a breast screening test result in the previous three years.

Breast screening programme: coverage of women in the target age group1 for specified organisations, 31 March 1997 to 2007

Women aged 50-641

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

England

Eligible population 2

4,025,525

4,158,306

4,226,600

4,319,800

4,373,642

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

2,641,364

2,761,993

2,861,408

2,993,621

3,070,752

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

65.6

66.4

67.7

69.3

70.2

of which:

Q30

North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA)

Eligible population 2

215,212

220,813

223,051

226,260

228,493

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

151,833

154,187

158,985

167,650

170,887

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

70.6

69.8

71.3

74.1

74.8

of which:

QDG

Gateshead and South Tyneside Health Authority (HA)

Eligible population 2

29,889

30,300

30,328

30,668

30,885

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

21,753

21,267

22,028

22,660

22,754

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

72.8

70.2

72.6

73.9

73.7

5KF

Gateshead PCT

Eligible population 2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

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

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

5KG

South Tyneside PCT

Eligible population 2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

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

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Women aged 53-641

2002

2003

204

2005

2006

2007

England

Eligible population 2

3,472,984

3,519,934

3,538,224

3,574,534

3,633,181

3,690,074

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

2,636.080

2,649,809

2,651,122

2,697,665

2,756,716

2,805,717

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

75.9

75.3

74.9

75.5

75.9

76.0

of which:

Q30

North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA)

Eligible population 2

180,539

182,716

183,483

185,454

188,399

191,892

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

144,531

140,772

135,110

141,025

147,306

152,310

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

80.1

77.0

73.6

76.0

78.2

76.4

of which:

QDG

Gateshead and South Tyneside Health Authority (HA)

Eligible population 2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

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

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

5KF

Gateshead PCT

Eligible population 2

14,573

14,525

14,384

14,412

14,523

14,566

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

11,660

11,741

11,553

11,650

11,700

11,764

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

80.0

80.8

80.3

80.8

80.6

80.8

5KG

South Tyneside PCT

Eligible population 2

10,305

10,446

10,468

10,535

10,713

10,977

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

8,104

7,962

8,422

8,520

8,586

8,664

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

78.6

76.2

80.5

80.9

80.1

78.9

n/a = not available

1 The breast screening programme covers women aged 50-64 but is best assessed using the 53-64 age group as women may be first called at any time between their 50th and 53rd birthdays. Prior to 2002 data for women aged 50-53 cannot be identified so coverage is presented for women aged 50-64.

2 This is the number of women in the resident population less those with recall ceased for clinical reasons.

Notes:

1. Data prior to 2006 have been estimated to match current SHA boundaries.

2. Data from 2002 to 2006 have been estimated to match current Primary Care Organisation (PCO) boundaries.

3. Jarrow constituency is within South Tyneside PCT, we are unable to identify Jarrow separately.

4. The coverage of the breast screening programme is the proportion of women resident and eligible that have had a test with a recorded result at least once in the previous three years.

5. The breast screening programme was extended to invite women aged 65-70 in April 2001.

6. The last unit began inviting women aged 65-70 in April 2006 and full coverage should be achieved by 2008-09.

Source:

KC63, The Information Centre for health and social care.