NHS Breast Screening Programme


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NHS Breast Screening Programme

A national programme designed to detect breast cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage, by providing triennial screening mammography and manual breast examination and, if appropriate, needle-core biopsy for all women in the UK aged 50 to 70.
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BIRKENHEAD: MP Frank Field has called on ministers to plug funding gaps in the NHS breast screening programme.
Last week a report revealed the NHS breast screening programme saves the lives of 1,400 women every 12 months and lessens the chance of patients having to be treated with a mastectomy.
The gap is shrinking thanks to the NHS Breast Screening Programme and advances in treatment.
Every year, the NHS Breast Screening Programme invites around 270,000 women from the region to be screened, and last year, the Gateshead Breast Screening Unit lowered the age at which women are invited from 50 to 47.
Cancer Research UK say the increasing number of people being diagnosed is, in part, due to the NHS breast screening programme and prostate cancer tests.
The NHS breast screening programme helps detect cancer in its earliest stages using mammogram technology.
Nationally, the NHS Breast Screening Programme is now picking up nearly 14,200 cases - almost twice the number of 10 years ago.
The NHS Breast Screening Programme offers free screening every three years for women aged between 50 and 70.
THE NHS breast screening programme is detecting twice the number of cancer cases that it did ten years ago, but one in four Teesside women are still not turning up for the lifesaving tests.
THE NHS breast screening programme is now saving 1,400 lives every year in England.
The NHS Breast Screening Programme, which began in 1988, saves the lives of 1,400 women every 12 months and lessens the chance of patients having to be treated with a mastectomy, the study said.
It affects women referred for the tests by their GP, not those who were routinely checked under the NHS breast screening programme.