Breast Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th April 2020.

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Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Conservative, North West Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of annual breast cancer screening for people aged 45 and under who have previously had breast cancer.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance on ‘Early and locally advanced breast cancer: diagnosis and management’ in July 2018 which details how follow-up breast screening should occur. It is recommended that annual mammography should be offered to all people who have had breast cancer, until they enter the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England at age 50. Details of the guidance can be found at the following link:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng101/chapter/Recommendations#followup

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