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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Breast Screening Programme, England - 2009-10

National statistics, Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Government Office Regions, Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2009 to 31 Mar 2010


Women between the ages of 50 and 70 are invited for regular breast screening (every three years) under a national programme. This is intended to detect breast cancer at an early stage.

Please note:

The csv files for this publication were originally issued on 14 June 2011. However, these were removed on 11 July 2011 as an error had been identified in Table 1.csv and to correct some minor formatting issues in other csv tables. These elements of the publication were corrected on 18 July 2011.

NB: The Excel and main PDF report files published on 22 February 2011 remain unaffected.


Table 1.csv - Breast cancer registration data has been updated and breast cancer mortality figures relating to the 2008/9 publication which had had been included in error have now been removed.

Tables 12, 12a, 14, 14a, 15, 15a.csv - Minor formatting errors affecting the display of footnote references have now been rectified.

Tables 12, 12a, 13, 13a, 14, 14a.csv -a duplicate column B has now been removed. Tables 2a, 3, 3a, 7, 9, 11, 11a, 12,12a, 13, 13a, 14, 14a, 15, 15a.csv - ONS codes have now been included.

Tables 2a, 3, 3a, 7, 9, 12,12a, 13, 13a, 14, 14a, 15, 15a.csv - Strategic Health Authority codes have now been included.

Tables 12, 12a, 13, 13a.csv - Percentages have been presented to 1 decimal place instead of rounded to whole numbers for consistency with other csv tables.

The NHS IC apologies for any inconvenience caused.


  • Coverage of women aged 53-70 was 76.9 per cent at 31st March 2010, compared with 76.5 per cent at the same point in 2009.
  • In total, 1.79 million women (aged 45 and over) were screened within the programme in 2009-10, compared with 1.77 million in 2008-09.
  • In 2009-10 over 2.24 million women aged 50-70 were invited for screening through the breast screening programme. Uptake of invitations (excluding early recalls) for women aged 50-70 was 73.2 per cent, compared with 73.6 per cent in 2008-09.
  • A total of 14,229 cancers from women aged 45 and over were detected by the screening programme in 2009-10, a rate of 7.9 per 1,000 women screened. This compares with 14,166 cancers detected in 2008-09 (a rate of 8.0 cases per 1,000 women screened).
  • Of all the cancers detected in women aged 45 and over, 80.0 per cent (11,379) were invasive compared with 79.1 per cent in 2008-09. 41.6 per cent (5,913) of all cancers were invasive but small (less than 15mm) and therefore usually too small to detect by hand.


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