18 February 2015

Responding to the latest figures from the NHS Breast Screening Programme for England Dr Emma Pennery CBE Clinical Director at Breast Cancer Care says:

“Although on first glance these declining figures may seem worrying it’s actually not so straightforward as screening has both benefits and limitations. It’s estimated for every life saved three women will have unnecessary often difficult treatment.[1] However screening remains an effective way of detecting breast cancer at an early stage and this can help to increase the likelihood of successful treatment.

“One of the reasons why the number of women going for screening is declining could be on-going confusion around the benefits and risks of screening. Understandably this can make women reluctant or anxious about attending.

“Breast Cancer Care wants all women to have access to clear information about screening so they can make an informed choice about whether to attend.”

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Sheryl Plant Press Manager Breast Cancer Care


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Notes to editors:

  1. From the The Marmot Breast Screening Review 2011. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/ibsr-fullreport.pdf

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