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Breast screening rates low in deprived areas

28th July 2010

Official data has revealed that breast screening rates in Scotland are significantly lower in deprived areas.


Health service figures showed that around three-quarters of women between the ages of 50 and 70 were screened in 2008/09 in Scotland.

This figure exceeded the national target of 70%. However the information also showed that only 64% of women from the most deprived areas went for a screening appointment.

In comparison, 82% of women from the least deprived areas attended their screening appointment.

87% of women in Shetland, the area with the highest attendance, went for screening.

1,200 cancers were discovered as a result of the 2008/09 screening, of which around 50% were smaller than 1.5cm.

Breast cancer deaths in Scotland have fallen by nearly a quarter (23%) from 1994-2005.

Public Health Minister Shona Robison said that breast screening in Scotland was one of the main factors behind why more women were winning their battle against cancer.

She said: "In 2003, we raised the upper age range for breast screening from 64 to 70. As a result we are now screening more women and detecting more cancers than ever before."


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