WHY SCREEN FOR BREAST CANCER?
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in Scottish women, accounting for 28.9% of female cancer cases. There were 4,457 new cases diagnosed in women in Scotland in 2010 and 1,022 deaths from the disease in 2010.
Although incidence of breast cancer in Scotland has increased by 12% from 2000 to 2010, the mortality rate has decreased by 18.3% over that period. In 2010/11 - 181.886 women were screened. In the same year, the attendancee rate was 74.7% and 1,683 cancers were detected.
BREAST CANCER SCREENING PROGRAMME
The Scottish Breast Screening Programme (SBSP) has been running since 1988 with national coverage achieved in 1991. The SBSP provides routine screening every three years for all eligible women aged between 50 and 70.
Women over 70 can still be screened by self referring themselves their local breast screening unit. The upper range age for breast screening was previously 64. An extension to this age range was phased in across Scotland from 2003 and is now in place across Scotland.
Women are invited to attend either a breast screening unit, of which there are six, one in each in Inverness, Aberdeen, Irvine, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh, or attend one of the 18 mobile screening units in operation around the country.
Results are by post and usually within three weeks. The women's GP is, also, informed of the outcome. A few women may require further tests and will be invited to attend an assessment clinic at the screening centre. Most of the women will then be reassured and will be invited back for their next screening in three years.
For women diagnosed with breast cancer, finding it early gives the best chance of successful treatment. The treatment options are fully discussed and arrangements are made for referral to a specialist breast team.
WEST OF SCOTLAND BREAST SCREENING
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