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2. Percentages in this press release are rounded to one decimal place. Figures over a million are rounded to the nearest 10,000. Figures between 1,000 and a million are rounded to the nearest hundred.
3. Under the NHS Breast Screening Programme, all eligible women aged 50 to 70 are invited for screening every three years. Screening is intended to detect breast cancer at an early stage when there is a better chance of successful treatment. Because the programme is a rolling one, which invites women in a three-year cycle, not every woman will receive an invitation as soon as she is 50. Every woman registered with a GP in England should however receive her first invitation for screening before her 53rd birthday.
4. Coverage is defined as the percentage of women in the population who are eligible for screening at a particular point in time, who have had a test with a recorded result within the last three years. A woman's eligibility depends on them being in the screening age range. They are ineligible if they have had a bilateral mastectomy.
5. For more information on the national minimum standards, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/192975/24_Breast_Screening_Programme__service_specification_VARIATION__130422_-NA.pdf
6. A routine invitation for screening applies to women who were invited to attend routine breast screening having had at least one previous technically adequate screen within the NHS Breast Screening Programme as a result of an invitation or a self/GP referral within the last five years. Uptake refers to the proportion of women accepting invites. The NHS Breast Screening Programme is currently undertaking a randomised controlled trial on extending the programme to women aged 47 to 49 and 71 to 73. The trial started at selected pilot sites in 2009 and by the end of the 2015-16 collection year, 67 out of 80 breast screening units (83.8 per cent) were taking part in the trial.
7. The aim of breast screening is to reduce deaths by finding cancers, at an early stage, which may not be detectable through self-examination. Small cancers, in this report, are invasive cancers identified as being less than 15mm in diameter.
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