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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Breast Screening Programme, England - 2006-07

National statistics, Official statistics
Publication Date:
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Geographical Granularity:
Country, Government Office Regions, Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2006 to 31 Mar 2007


This publication shows national data on breast screening. The NHS Breast Screening Programme is now saving 1,400 lives every year in England. Breast cancer is one of the top 10 causes of death for women in England.

This publication covers data from those invited for screening to the various outcomes of the screening programme, including the diagnosis of cancer.


At 31 March 2007

  • 76.0 per cent of women aged 53-64 resident in England had been screened at least once in the previous three years (75.9 per cent last year)
  • for women aged 65-70, in the extended part of the programme, coverage has now reached 67.7 per cent, up nearly nine (8.7) percentage points from March 2006, as the programme continues to be rolled out.

In 2006-07

  • over 1.6 million women aged 45 and over were screened within the programme, an increase of around 1 per cent from 2005-06. The last ten years have seen the programme grow by 48 per cent from 1.1 million in 1996-97
  • there were 13,443 cases of cancer diagnosed in women screened aged 45 and over. Of these, invasive cancers accounted for 10,484 (78.0 per cent)
  • of the invasive cancers detected, 5,532 (52.8 per cent) were 15mm or less in size, which could not have been detected by hand.


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