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National Statistics
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Breast Screening Programme, England - 2010-11

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Country, Government Office Regions, Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2010 to 31 Mar 2011


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. This report presents information about the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England in 2010-11 and includes statistics on those invited for breast screening, coverage, uptake of invitations, outcomes of screening and cancers detected.


Coverage of women aged 53-70 was 77.2 per cent at 31 March 2011, compared with 76.9 per cent at the same point in 2010.

In total, 1.88 million women (aged 45 and over) were screened within the programme in 2010-11, compared with 1.79 million in 2009-10. The last ten years have seen the programme grow by 45.1 per cent, from 1.30 million women screened in 2000-01.

In 2010-11, over 2.30 million women aged 50-70 were invited for screening through the breast screening programme. Uptake of routine invitations for women aged 50-70 was 73.4 per cent, compared with 73.2 per cent in 2009-10.

A total of 14,725 cancers from women aged 45 and over were detected by the screening programme in 2010-11, a rate of 7.8 per 1,000 women screened. This compares with 14,229 cancers detected in 2009-10 (a rate of 7.9 cases per 1,000 women screened) and with 8,345 cancers detected in 2000-01 (a rate of 6.4 cases per 1,000 women screened).

Of all the cancers detected in women aged 45 and over, 79.4 per cent (11,695) were invasive compared with 80.0 per cent in 2009-10. 40.4 per cent (5,946) of all cancers were invasive but small (less than 15mm in diameter) and therefore usually too small to detect by hand.

More information is included in the Executive Summary of the Breast Screening Programme 2010-11 report.


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