NHS Lothian hits target on breast screening

JUST under 50,000 women in a high risk category for breast cancer have taken up NHS Lothian’s offer of screening, according to new figures.

NHS Lothian has hit the government’s target on participation in the vital screening process, which can lead to earlier treatment for women with the cancer.

NHS Lothian invited just over 67,000 women aged between 50 and 74 to attend for screening between 2004 and 2007, leading to a participation rate of 73.8%. This is ahead of the required performance standard of 70%.

The figures were published yesterday (Tuesday, 29th July) by ISD Scotland. Dr Sue Payne, Consultant in Public Health, NHS Lothian, said:

”We would encourage all women to take up the invitation of screening. Early detection allows us to begin treatment more swiftly and can have a beneficial impact in terms of outcomes.
“While we have achieved the expected target, we are committed to improving participation rates further. That’s why we are now offering extended hours for mammography covering the early mornings and evenings and running a new, better service using mobile screening units for people in areas with poor transport links. “