Skip to main content
National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Breast Screening Programme, England - 2011-12

National statistics, Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Government Office Regions, Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2011 to 31 Mar 2012


Women between the ages of 50 and 70 are invited for regular breast screening (every three years) under a national programme. Some women outside this age group are also screened as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme. Screening is intended to detect breast cancer at an early stage when there is a better chance of successful treatment. This report presents information about the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England in 2011-12 and includes data on those invited for breast screening, coverage, uptake of invitations, outcomes of screening and cancers detected.


• Coverage of women aged 53-70 was 77.0 per cent at 31st March 2012, compared with 77.2 per cent at the same point in 2011 and 76.9 per cent in 2010.
• In total, 1.94 million women aged 45 and over were screened within the programme in 2011-12. This compares with 1.88 million in 2010-11 and 1.27 million ten years ago in 2001-02.
• The number of women aged 45 and over invited for screening increased by 3.9 per cent to 2.53 million in 2011-12 from 2.44 million in 2010-11.
• In 2011-12, uptake of routine invitations for women aged 50-70 was 73.1 per cent, compared with 73.4 per cent in 2010-11 and 73.6 pert cent five years ago in 2006-07. There was comparatively lower uptake (67.7 per cent) in the 71-74 year age group which covers the programme's extension to women aged 71-73 years.
• A total of 15,749 women aged 45 and over had cancers detected by the screening programme in 2011-12, a rate of 8.1 cases per 1,000 women screened. This compares with 14,725 women with cancers detected in 2010-11 (a rate of 7.8 cases per 1,000 women screened) and with 8,545 women with cancers detected in 2001-02 (a rate of 6.7 cases per 1,000 women screened). The cancer detection rate was highest amongst women over 70 years. In 2011-12 the rate of women over 70 with cancer detected was 13.9 per 1,000 women screened.


More information is included in the Executive Summary of the NHS Breast Screening Programme 2011-12 report.


Related Links

Last edited: 21 March 2022 9:37 am