The NHS breast screening programme
finds cancer in about eight in every 1,000 women having mammograms.
Women in Monklands could benefit from potential improvements to the breast screening programme
North-east Scotland MSP Gillian Martin said: "I welcome the Scottish Government's announcement on its plans to review the breast screening programme
THE Scottish Government has announced a major review of the Scottish Breast Screening Programme
"It is clear that the NHS Breast Screening Programme
remains absolutely critical to early diagnosis in Scotland.
The breast screening programme
uses an X-ray test called a mammogram to detect tumours before they are large enough to feel.
Their finding was that a risk-stratified screening strategy could improve the benefit-to-harm ratio and the cost-effectiveness of the breast screening programme
, with diminishing return with screening offered to women at lower risk.
Yesterday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons the "serious failure" of the Breast Screening Programme
in England had affected fewer women than previously thought - at something around the 174,000 mark.
In light of the issues affecting the English programme, and given that the breast screening programme
in Wales is on the same IT platform as England, Public Health Wales is urgently reviewing the Welsh breast screening programme
to ensure all eligible women are invited for screening.
Charities insist the UK's breast screening programme
- which invites women aged 50 to 70 for an X-ray every three years - saves 1,300 lives a year.
Hunt said the error was "a serious failure of the breast screening programme
" and said he apologised "wholeheartedly and unreservedly for the suffering caused".