NHSBSP is sending out more invitations and screening more women than ever before.

Published 22nd March, 2012

Statistics published today show the NHSBSP is sending out more invitations and screening more women than ever before. They show that coverage - the proportion of eligible women being regularly screened - remains constant at more than three quarters of those women.

Sarah Sellars, Assistant Director for the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes said:

"This is particularly pleasing given that over the past 10 years, due to demographic changes and the recent age extension of the Programme, the number of women being screened has gone up by more than 45 per cent. This means that the Programme is maintaining its high standards even as its workload increases.

"Importantly the number of smaller cancers (15mm or less) detected remains high - at 5,945, more than a third of all cancers detected. These are generally too small to be found by hand, and screening is the most effective way to spot them. Early detection makes treatment more likely to be effective and helps to reduce mortality. By bringing forward detection and diagnosis, screening helps us find those cancers that might otherwise not be caught until later in life ."

NHS Breast Screening Programme Statistical Bulletin (England) 2010 - 2011
(22nd March 2012) (opens in separate window)

For further information, please contact the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes' press office on 020 7400 4499 or e-mail .