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Breast Screening Programme, England Provisional Statistics 2017-18

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Breast Screening Programme, 2017-18

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, either through self or General Practitioner (GP) referral where appropriate, or as part of a research trial. Screening is intended to detect breast cancer at an early stage when there is a better chance of successful treatment.

This report presents provisional statistics summarising the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England in 2017-18. It includes data on the number of women invited for breast screening, coverage, uptake of invitations and cancers detected. National level data is presented in the report. National and regional level data is available in the CSV files accompanying this publication.


Publication background

This is the first year a provisional statistics publication has been produced for the Breast Screening Programme. It forms part of the Breast Screening Programme Series and precedes the Breast Screening Programme 2017-18 National Statistics report, which will be published in February 2019 and will contain more detailed data and analysis of the Breast Screening programme in 2017-18.

The data has been produced in a provisional format in order for Public Health England (PHE), screening commissioners, screening services and key stakeholders to make best use of the data to improve performance at the earliest opportunity. This allows early analysis and evaluation of performance prior to more detailed information being published in February 2019.

See section 1.4 of the quality statement document for details of the validation process for this provisional publication.

Please note: a major incident was identified within the breast screening programme in May 2018. This report does not contain any further information on the incident. However, an independent investigation has been carried out, the report can be found here:

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