Breast Cancer: Screening

Health written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breast cancer screenings took place in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The following table shows breast screening coverage in the areas requested. We are unable to identify Jarrow separately. Jarrow constituency is within South Tyneside primary care trust (PCT), for whom information has been provided.

Coverage is the percentage of eligible women with a breast screening test result in the previous three years.

Breast screening programme: coverage of women in the t arget a ge g roup( 1) for specified organisations, 31 March 1997 to 2007
Women aged 50-64( 1)
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
England
Eligible population (2) 4,025,525 4,158,306 4,226,600 4,319,800 4,373,642
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) 2,641,364 2,761,993 2,861,408 2,993,621 3,070,752
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) 65.6 66.4 67.7 69.3 70.2
of which:
Q30 North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA)
Eligible population (2) 215,212 220,813 223,051 226,260 228,493
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) 151,833 154,187 158,985 167,650 170,887
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) 70.6 69.8 71.3 74.1 74.8
of which:
QDG Gateshead and South Tyneside Health Authority (HA)
Eligible population (2) 29,889 30,300 30,328 30,668 30,885
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) 21,753 21,267 22,028 22,660 22,754
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) 72.8 70.2 72.6 73.9 73.7
5KF Gateshead PCT
Eligible population (2) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
5KG South Tyneside PCT
Eligible population( 2) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Women aged 53-64( 1)
2002 2003 204 2005 2006 2007
England
Eligible population (2) 3,472,984 3,519,934 3,538,224 3,574,534 3,633,181 3,690,074
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) 2,636.080 2,649,809 2,651,122 2,697,665 2,756,716 2,805,717
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) 75.9 75.3 74.9 75.5 75.9 76.0
of which:
Q30 North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA)
Eligible population (2) 180,539 182,716 183,483 185,454 188,399 191,892
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) 144,531 140,772 135,110 141,025 147,306 152,310
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) 80.1 77.0 73.6 76.0 78.2 76.4
of which:
QDG Gateshead and South Tyneside Health Authority (HA)
Eligible population (2) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
5KF Gateshead PCT
Eligible population (2) 14,573 14,525 14,384 14,412 14,523 14,566
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) 11,660 11,741 11,553 11,650 11,700 11,764
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) 80.0 80.8 80.3 80.8 80.6 80.8
5KG South Tyneside PCT
Eligible population( 2) 10,305 10,446 10,468 10,535 10,713 10,977
Women screened (less than 3 years since last test) 8,104 7,962 8,422 8,520 8,586 8,664
Coverage (less than 3 years since last test) (%) 78.6 76.2 80.5 80.9 80.1 78.9
n/a = not available

(1) The breast screening programme covers women aged 50-64 but is best assessed using the 53-64 age group as women may be first called at any time between their 50(th) and 53(rd) birthdays. Prior to 2002 data for women aged 50-53 cannot be identified so coverage is presented for women aged 50-64.

(2) This is the number of women in the resident population less those with recall ceased for clinical reasons.

Notes:

1. Data prior to 2006 have been estimated to match current SHA boundaries.

2. Data from 2002 to 2006 have been estimated to match current Primary Care Organisation (PCO) boundaries.

3. Jarrow constituency is within South Tyneside PCT, we are unable to identify Jarrow separately.

4. The coverage of the breast screening programme is the proportion of women resident and eligible that have had a test with a recorded result at least once in the previous three years.

5. The breast screening programme was extended to invite women aged 65-70 in April 2001.

6. The last unit began inviting women aged 65-70 in April 2006 and full coverage should be achieved by 2008-09.

Source:

KC63, The Information Centre for health and social care.

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