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National Statistics
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Breast Screening Programme, England - 2008-09

National statistics, Official statistics
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Geographical Granularity:
Country, Government Office Regions, Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2008 to 31 Mar 2009


This bulletin presents information about the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England and includes data about the call and re-call system, including population coverage and the outcomes of screening


At 31st March 2009:

Among women aged 53-70:

  • Over three quarters (76.5 per cent) had been screened at least once in the previous three years (up from 75.9 per cent last year).
  • In 124 (121 last year) of the 152 Primary Care Organisations, the coverage was 70.0 per cent or higher.


  • Just under 1.8 million women (aged 45 and over) were screened within the programme, an increase of 3.5 per cent over 2007-08. The last ten years have seen the programme grow by 43.9 per cent from 1.2 million in 1998-99.
  • There were 14,166 cases of cancer diagnosed in women screened aged 45 and over, similar to the previous year (14,110) and nearly double the number compared to 1998-99 (7,561).
  • Of all cancers diagnosed, 11,212 (79.1 per cent) were invasive and of these 5,850 (52.2 per cent) were 15mm or less which could not have been detected by hand.


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