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Cancer: Screening

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in the London borough of Havering received (a) breast, (b) cervical and (c) bowel screenings in each of the last five years. (196555)

The requested information is collected by national health service organisation and not by local borough. Information on breast and cervical screening for Havering Primary Care Trust (PCT) can be found in the following table. There are currently no bowel cancer screening data being collected.

Roll-out of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme began in April 2006. The first invitations were sent out in July 2006, and full national roll-out is expected by December 2009.

Breast screening programme: coverage of women aged 53 to 64 (target age group) for England and specified organisations, at 31 March 2003 to 2007

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Havering PCT

Eligible Population1

17,727

17,704

17,784

17,990

18,273

Women screened (less than 3 years since last test)

14,195

14,112

14,073

14,076

13,514

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

80.1

79.7

79.1

78.2

74.0

1 This is the number of women in the registered population less those recorded as ineligible.

Notes:

1. 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. Coverage of the screening programme is currently best assessed using the 53 to 64 age group as women may be first called at any time between their 50th and 53rd birthdays.

2. The breast screening programme covers women aged 50 to 64 but it was extended to invite women aged 65 to 70 in April 2001. The last unit began inviting women aged 65 to 70 in April 2006 and full coverage should be achieved by 2008-09.

Source: KC63 The Information Centre for health and social care

Cervical screening programme: coverage of women aged 25 to 64 (target age group) for specified organisations, 31 March 2003 to 2007

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Havering PCT

Eligible population1

59,497

59,804

60,137

60,992

61,331

Women screened (less than 5 years since last adequate test)

49,072

48,689

48,576

48,039

48,506

Coverage (less than 5 yrs since last adequate test) (percentage)

82.5

81.4

80.8

78.8

79.1

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

Note:

National policy for the cervical screening programme is that eligible women aged 25 to 64 should be screened every three or five years (women aged 25 to 49 are screened every three years, those aged 50 to 64 every five years).

Source: KC53 Parts A2 and A3, The Information Centre for health and social care