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Fewer Woman Taking Part In Scottish Breast Screening Programme
The number of Lanarkshire women taking part in the Scottish Breast Screening Programme has dipped slightly.
Official figures released this week also revealed that uptake across the area was less than the Scottish average.
The three-year rolling statistics for 2012-2015 show 69.4 per cent of Lanarkshire women eligible for the free mammographic screening took advantage of the offer.
That was slightly down from the 70.1 per cent recorded over the previous period from 2011-2014.
NHS Lanarkshire was one of only three health board not to achieve the 70 per cent minimum performance standard – the others being Greater Glasgow and Clyde (67.7) and NHS Lothian (69.8 per cent).
The average uptake across Scotland was 72.5 per cent.
The Scottish Government data from the Information Services Division provides an annual update of breast screening statistics up to March 31, 2015.
In Scotland, women aged 50 to 64 were invited for a routine screen once every three years until 2003/04, when the age range for invitation was extended to include women up to the age of 70 years.
The report says: “Women are invited to attend screening once every three years and it is more informative to examine trends in performance by three-year rolling periods than single years.”
Mary Allison, Director for Scotland at Breast Cancer Now, said: “Breast screening saves lives. It can help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages, which increases chances of survival.”
She added: “We also understand that getting an invitation to breast screening can raise a number of questions for women. For further information women can read our guide at breastcancernow.org or should speak to a health professional.”
Go to www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Services/breast-screening for more details of the services that are available across Lanarkshire.