Breast Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th November 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women unable to attend breast cancer screenings as a result of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on that programme in England; and how many of those women are classified as high risk.

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

To recover from the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, National Health Service breast screening providers prioritised invitations for key age groups and women at very high risk of breast cancer.

The number of women waiting for a screening invitation decreased from 468,548 on 1 June 2020 to 32,518 on 5 October 2020. In mid-June, 1,936 women defined as high risk were waiting for a screening invitation; as of 5 October 2020, this number decreased to 985. During that time further women have become due for screening. 896,240 women in all categories are awaiting a screening invitation nationally as of 5 October 2020. All services have restarted routine screening and will continue to work to invite these women for a screening appointment.

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