Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th September 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of cancer screening tests that have taken place for each type of cancer in each of the last five years.

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

Annual statistics for the three National Health Service cancer screening programmes are available online. The data for each of the last five years is reproduced in the following table:

NHS Cancer Screening Programme (number of tests, millions)

Year

Bowel

Cervical

Breast

2015-16

2.41

3.13

2.16

2016-17

2.61

3.21

2.20

2017-18

2.53

3.22

2.14

2018-19

2.74

3.47

2.23

2019-20

2.81

3.23

2.12

Source: www.digital.nhs.uk, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-screening-programmes-annual-report, https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/nhs-population-screening-programmes-kpi-reports

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