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Breast Screening Programme, England 2018-19 [NS]

National statistics, Official statistics

National Statistics


Women between the ages of 50 and 70 are invited for regular breast screening (every three years) under a national programme. Screening is intended to reduce mortality by detecting 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 2018-19 and includes data on women invited for breast screening, coverage, uptake of invitations, outcomes of screening and cancers detected.

The publication also features an online interactive dashboard to complement the existing publication resources.

2.23 million women screened

(aged 45+)

4.5% increase on the previous year (2017-18)

26.0% increase in ten years (1.77 million in 2008-09)

71.1% of women took up their invitation

(aged 50-70)

0.6 percentage point increase on the previous year (70.5% in 2017-18)

19,558 women had cancers detected

(aged 45+)

8.8 cases per 1,000 women screened, the highest rate in the most recent ten year period (since 2008-09)

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