NHS Cancer Screening Programmes: Press Room

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22/03/2012 | More women screened than ever before

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

02/03/2012 | Women with cervical cancer diagnosed by screening have a better chance of being cured

cervical screening news Women with cervical cancer diagnosed by screening have a better chance of being cured than those who present with symptoms according to a study published today in the BMJ.

08/12/2011 | The NHS BCSP in England is on track to cut bowel cancer deaths by 16 per cent

bowel cancer screening news An analysis of the first one million test results, published today in Gut reveals that the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in England is on track to cut bowel cancer deaths by 16 per cent.

24/11/2011 | Development of an algorithm

breast screening news Research funded by the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes has led to the development of an algorithm which can be used to predict breast screening attendance.

24/11/2011 | Sharp rise in test results sent out to women within two weeks of screening

cervical screening news NHS Cervical Screening Programme statistics released today show a sharp rise in test results sent out to women within two weeks of screening.

26/10/2011 | Breast cancer screening - An independent review is under way

breast screening news Today a review of the evidence underpinning breast screening was announced by Professor Sir Mike Richards (National Cancer Director) in a letter to the British Medical Journal.

14/10/2011 | Improving earlier diagnosis of breast cancer in black women

breast screening news The Patient Navigation Project undertaken by Betterdays Cancer Care has submitted its pilot report to the Government, in line with the recommendations of the National Cancer Equality Initiative.

28/09/2011 | Research shows introduction of HPV triage will improve programme

cervical screening news New research shows that the introduction of HPV triage into the NHS Cervical Screening Programme could significantly reduce the number of women sent for more invasive tests.

01/09/2011 | NHSBSP responds to Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine paper

breast screening news These same criticisms have been trotted out a number of times before by the same authors. On each occasion, they have been comprehensively rebutted in the public domain by various experts something the authors fail to mention in their review.

29/07/2011 | NHSBSP responds to British Medical Journal paper

breast screening news We can't comment on screening programmes in other countries but here in England we do know that the best evidence available shows that women aged 50-69 who are regularly screened are less likely to die from breast cancer.

18/05/2011 | Significant improvement in survival from screen-detected breast cancer

breast screening news New figures released this week for women diagnosed with breast cancer detected through the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) show significant improvements in survival.

18/05/2011 | NHS BCSP responds to allegations made in The Lancet Oncology

bowel cancer screening news The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme responds to allegations that cases of bowel cancer may be missed because of the cut off level used for the test.

07/04/2011 | Introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening

bowel cancer screening news The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening programme today announced the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening as an addition to the programme.

23/03/2011 | Screening increases early bowel cancer detection

bowel cancer screening news Cancer Research UK released figures today which show that more bowel cancers are being detected at an early stage since the introduction of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

28/02/2011 | ScHARR Report: Re-appraisal of the options for colorectal cancer screening

bowel cancer screening news ScHARR, University of Sheffield, produce a re-appraisal of the options for colorectal (bowel) cancer screening for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

07/01/2011 | HPV testing from 2011

cervical screening news HPV testing to be included in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme from 2011.

16/12/2010 | First increase in uptake for 3 years

breast screening news NHS Breast Screening statistics reveal increase in number of women accepting their screening invitations.

13/12/2010 | NHS Breast Screening Programme produces new leaflet

breast screening news An updated NHS Breast Screening Programme leaflet has now been published.

21/10/2010 | Launch of Cervical Screening and Cancer e-Atlas.

cervical screening news Trent Cancer Registry and the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) are pleased to announce the release of the new Cervical Screening and Cancer e-Atlas.

04/10/2010 | Flexible sigmoidoscopy to be introduced.

bowel cancer screening news The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced that 60 million will be invested over the next four years in a new technology, flexible sigmoidoscopy.

22/10/2009 | 400,000 more women in the target age group have cervical screening.

cervical screening news 2008-2009 statistics show the number of women having cervical screening has increased to 3.7 million, an increase of 10.5 per cent.

13/07/2009 | Survey reveals black and minority ethnic communities unaware of cervical cancer risk.

cervical screening news Women from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups are less sure of their cervical cancer risk than white women, according to a Populus poll commissioned by the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes.

10/07/2009 | NHSBSP responds to allegations in BMJ

breast screening news NHS Breast Screening Programme responds to allegations that one in three breast cancers detected in screened women is overdiagnosed.

24/06/2009 | Announcement by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health

cervical screening news The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Ann Keen): "I announced in my Written Ministerial Statement of 13th March 2009 that we had asked the independent Advisory Committee on Cervical Screening (ACCS) to formally review the evidence relating to risks and benefits of cervical screening in women under 25 years, including current evidence regarding incidence and mortality in young women."

24/06/2009 | New cervical cancer campaign.

cervical screening news There will be a new drive to ensure GPs spot cervical cancer symptoms earlier in young women and refer patients correctly, Health Minister Ann Keen announced today

11/06/2008 | Screen-detected breast cancer patients match life expectancy

breast screening news New figures show that women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, detected through the national screening programme and who then go on to receive treatment, have the same life expectancy as the UK female population as a whole.

03/03/2008 | More than half a million breast cancers and significant cervical abnormalities detected

breast screening news cervical screening news New figures released today, to mark the 20th Anniversary of the NHS Breast and Cervical Screening Programmes, reveal that over 100,000 breast cancers and 400,000 significant cervical abnormalities1 have been detected since the programmes began in 1988.

25/09/2007 | Cancer screening to be expanded and waiting times to be further reduced.

breast screening news cervical screening news bowel cancer screening news Proposals to improve cancer care by increasing access, reducing waiting times and expanding screening for breast and bowel cancer will be set out in a new Cancer Reform Strategy this autumn, the Department of Health confirmed today.

10/08/2007 | Response to a new study comparing MRI with mammography.

breast screening news The NHS Breast Screening Programme responds to a Lancet study published 10 August 2007 which found MRI scans are far better at detecting aggressive breast cancers at an early stage than standard mammograms.

18/10/2006 | Response to review published by the Cochrane Collaboration.

breast screening news NHS Breast Screening Programme responds to the review published by the Cochrane Collaboration

19/04/2006 | Bowel cancer screening to be rolled out.

bowel cancer screening news The Department of Health has today issued the following statement: The National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme will be rolled out nationally over the next three years.

22/02/2006 | Breast screening programme saves 1,400 lives per year

breast screening news A new report published today estimates that the NHS Breast Screening Programme is saving 1,400 lives every year in England.

03/11/2005 | Over 100,000 more women attended for screening in 2003/04 compared with 2002/03

breast screening news More women than ever before are attending for breast screening, according to the latest statistics published today in the NHS Breast Screening Programme Annual Review 2005.

11/10/2004 | The rise in cancers detected also illustrates an increase in the quality of screening

breast screening news Statistics published today in the NHS Breast Screening Programme Annual Review 2004 show that, with over 80,000 more women attending for breast screening, the programme is reaching more women than ever before.

16/07/2004 | Cervical screening saves thousands of lives

cervical screening news According to research by Julian Peto et al, published in The Lancet (Vol.364: 249-56) on 16 July 2004, up to 5,000 deaths are being prevented each year by the cervical screening programme.

16/07/2004 | New NHS guideline will help identify and care for women at risk of "familial" breast cancer

breast screening news A new guideline published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care (NCCPC) sets out how health professionals should identify and care for women who are at risk of developing breast cancer because of a history of the condition in their family (familial breast cancer).

22/10/2003 | Introduction of LBC and change in national policy

cervical screening news Today, at the Britain Against Cancer conference, the NHS Cervical Screening Programme announces the introduction of liquid based cytology (LBC) and a change in national policy.

08/08/2003 | The first results from the Million Women study

breast screening news Today the Lancet is publishing a paper by Professor Valerie Beral et al revealing the first results from the Million Women study. The study confirms that current and recent use of HRT can increase a woman's chance of developing breast cancer.

01/07/2003 | Cervical cancer deaths fall below 1000

cervical screening news For the first time ever deaths from cervical cancer have fallen below 1,000 in England. Figures released by National Statistics reveal that in 2002, 927 deaths from cervical cancer were registered.

14/12/2002 | Literature Updates are now available on-line

breast screening news cervical screening news bowel cancer screening news prostate risk management news NHS Cancer Screening Programmes literature updates are now available on-line. With fully searchable and browsable versions of each title, this new facility will enable everyone to keep up to date with the latest research.

04/03/2002 | Enabling an informed choice to be made about screening

breast screening news cervical screening news Women, who are hard of hearing, visually impaired or whose first language is not English should not miss out on being able to make a genuinely informed choice about whether or not to accept their invitation for screening.

01/11/2001 | Launch of 'informed choice'

breast screening news cervical screening news Health Minister Lord Hunt, TV anchorwoman and former trainee radiographer Fiona Phillips, and representatives from cancer charities today joined the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes at the British Library to launch 'informed choice'.

19/10/2001 | Response to Gøtzsche and Olsen letter

breast screening news NHS Breast Screening Programme response to Gøtzsche and Olsen letter published in the Lancet..