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Breast Screening Programme, England Provisional Statistics 2018-19

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Breast Screening Programme, England Provisional Statistics 2018-19


The NHS Breast Screening Programme offers screening to all women aged from 50 to their 71st birthday. 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 provisional statistics relating to the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England in 2018-19. It includes data on overall activity, coverage, uptake of invitations and cancers detected at a national and regional level, for women aged 50-70.

These provisional statistics form part of the Breast Screening Programme series and precede the Breast Screening Programme 2018-19 National Statistics report, which will be published in January 2020. It will contain more detailed data and analysis of the Breast Screening Programme in 2018-19.

Nb. Some women outside of the 50-70 age range are also screened as part of the programme; they are not reported on in these provisional statistics, they will be reported on in the January 2020 publication. Please note that this is different to the 2017-18 provisional publication which included all women screened as part of the programme, regardless of age.

74.6% of eligible women screened

(Ages 53-70)

A decrease of 0.3 percentage points from 2017-18

1.87 million women screened

(Ages 50-70)

An increase of 1.8% from 2017-18

71.1% of women took up invitation

(Ages 50-70)

An increase of 0.6 percentage points from 2017-18

15,285 women had cancers detected

(Ages 50-70)

8.2 cases per 1,000 women screened

Definitions and details about data sources are available in the Definitions section.



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