More women in Portsmouth are getting breasts screened

Breast screening rates in Portsmouth have increased
Breast screening rates in Portsmouth have increased
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  • Figures show more women in Portsmouth are getting their breasts screened for cancer
  • Other areas, including national figures, have seen a decrease in women using the service
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THE percentage of women in Portsmouth who were screened for breast cancer has increased.

The figures show the city bucked the national trend and the trend for the south-east which saw fewer women aged 50 to 70 get tested.

This is great news and a testament to the breast screening service in Portsmouth.

MP Flick Drummond

But in Portsmouth, 70.6 per cent of women eligible for the service had it done.

That figure for March 2015 is 0.1 per cent more than for March 2014.

Portsmouth North MP Flick Drummond welcomed the statistics.

She said: ‘This is great news and a testament to the breast screening service in Portsmouth.

‘The mobile van outside Asda and other places in the community means that screening is accessible.

‘It also helps that breast cancer can be picked up earlier which is crucial for reducing the number of deaths from breast cancer.’

In the wider area covered by Hampshire County Council, the number of eligible women screened decreased.

The figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed as of March 2014, 78.4 per cent of women were screened compared to only 77.5 per cent in March 2015. The statistics for the south east also saw a decrease from 77.1 per cent in 2014 to 76.8 per cent in 2015.

Under the NHS Breast Screening Programme, eligible women will usually receive their first routine invitation for breast cancer screening between the ages of 50 and 53 and will normally be invited every three years until they are 70.

Nationally, in the past 10 years the number of women getting tested has fallen by 6.8 per cent from 70.1 per cent in 2004-05 to 63.3 per sent in 2015.

Pritpal Rayat, from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, said: ‘All of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, be it a friend, an aunt, a sister, a mother.

‘This report sheds light on the important programme that can detect this disease early.

‘I hope the report can help women, health professionals, campaigners and others to understand how the programme is working and areas for future focus.’

For more information about breast screening in the Portsmouth area visit porthosp.nhs.uk