Published 13th December, 2010
Professor Julietta Patnick, Director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, said:
"An updated NHS Breast Screening Programme leaflet has now been published. The leaflet was produced independently from the NHS by a team led by Dr Joan Austoker, a leading expert on informed choice. Her team used robust research and testing techniques. Published research on breast screening was reviewed and a first draft of the leaflet was produced. This draft was then rigorously tested in a series of focus groups comprising women from ethnically and regionally diverse backgrounds, all of whom were drawn from the appropriate age group for screening. The authors also carried out a consultation process, meeting with parties interested in the content, before the leaflet was finally reviewed by clinical and language experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.
"The leaflet will be sent to women when they are invited to take part in the screening programme. If they want further information or have any questions they can also visit our website and speak to their GP or practice nurse.
"Unfortunately, the sad and unexpected death of Joan Austoker, earlier this year, meant that the publication was delayed."
For further information, please contact the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes' press office on 020 7400 4499 or e-mail .
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