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Breast Cancer: Screening

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breast screening units there are in England; and how many of them had at least one full-field digital mammography set in the latest period for which figures are available. (220941)

There are 83 breast screening units in England. Latest figures show that, as at July 2008, 11 units are using full-field direct radiography for digital mammography.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas breast cancer screening has been extended to women aged between (a) 47 and 50 and (b) 70 and 73 years since April 2008, as referred to in paragraph 3.21 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy. (220942)

Detailed planning for the expansion of the breast screening programme began in April 2008, and a stakeholder conference, including front line staff, was held at the Royal College of Physicians on 8 May 2008. The Cancer Reform Strategy stated that the necessary phasing of this expansion will be carefully considered to ensure that the most useful epidemiological data can be gathered to inform future decisions about the programme. No consensus on the best way to achieve this was reached at the conference, so we hope to begin pilots in five breast screening sites in the autumn.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of eligible women were seen within the 36 month standard for breast cancer screening (a) in England and (b) by each breast screening unit in each quarter since June 2005. (220943)

Information on breast screening coverage across England, broken down by breast screening unit for each quarter since June 2005, has been placed in the Library.

Coverage is the percentage of eligible women who have had a recorded screening result at least once in the previous three years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2008, Official Report, column 987W, on breast cancer: screening, whether figures on the number of national interval cancers have been published. (221128)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards achieving the target that each mammography screening unit has a full field digital mammography capability by 2010; what plans he has for local breast screening units to have access to such facilities; and if he will make a statement. (221722)

I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave the hon. Member for Gateshead, East and Washington, West (Mrs. Hodgson) on 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 874W.