Recent statistics from the Information Services Division (ISD) in Scotland show that women in Glasgow are among the least likely in the UK to take up breast screening.
Commenting on the recent ISD Scottish Breast Screening Programme Statistics, Mary Allison, Director for Scotland at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“Breast screening saves lives. It can help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages, which increases chances of survival.
“It’s clear that more needs to be done to make sure that Glasgow detects breast cancer early. Breast screening uptake in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board has been the lowest in Scotland over a number of years.
“This could be for a number of reasons, but it could be linked to levels of deprivation in the city and surrounding areas. Scotland-wide statistics show that in 2011-12 uptake rates in the most deprived areas of Scotland was 61.4% compared to 80.4% in more affluent areas.
“People in more deprived areas are less likely to attend screening. If we are to stop deaths from breast cancer by 2050 we need to address this inequality.
We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to addressing health inequalities in screening through the Cancer Strategy and we’re ready to work with them to address these issues.
“We also understand that getting an invitation to breast screening can raise a number of questions for women. For further information women can use our breast cancer screening guide or should speak to a health professional.”
Watch our Policy and Campaigns Manager for Scotland, Lawrence Cowan, discussing the breast screening figures for Scotland on STV Glasgow