31 July 2019

The Scottish Government has announced that a review of the Scottish Breast Screening Programme is to be carried out.

Ashleigh Simpson, Policy and Campaigns Manager (Scotland) at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said

This review is a much-needed and positive step forward that we hope will ensure the Scottish Breast Screening Programme is fit for the future. 

NHS breast screening remains absolutely critical to early diagnosis in Scotland. With more women being diagnosed than ever before, and the workforce already under significant pressure, this review must tackle the clear and urgent challenges facing the Scottish Breast Screening Programme. 

The earlier breast cancer is detected, the more likely treatment is to be successful. So we need to do all that we can to increase attendance, including developing targeted initiatives to address any barriers and supporting more women to make attending screening a part of their lives. 

We also hope the review will lead us towards delivering a screening programme that can respond and adapt as new evidence emerges around more personalised screening.

Most importantly, it’s crucial that this review is matched with adequate resource to deliver real and meaningful change for everyone at risk of breast cancer.