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Mammogram attendance in Scotland falls

18 October, 2019

The proportion of women in Scotland attending breast screening appointments has gone down.

Seven in 10 take up the invitation compared with three-quarters of 50-70 year-olds a decade ago.

According to the latest figures for 2015-18, women from the most deprived areas are less likely to attend, with under 60% going for screening compared with almost 80% in the least deprived post codes. The pattern is reflected in other screening programmes.

Four NHS boards did not meet the 'minimum acceptable uptake standard' of 70%: Greater Glasgow and Clyde 65.8%, Lanarkshire 68, Lothian 69.2, and Fife 69.7.

Good news is that detection of invasive cancer is happening more frequently when the tumour is small (< 15mm), resulting in a better prognosis. The increased detection rate was 3.8 per 1000 women screened, the highest in recent years.

Scottish Bowel Screening Programme Statistics 1 November 2016 - 31 October 2018.

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