The Information Services Division Scotland has published statistics of the Scottish Breast Screening Programme (SBSP) for the three-year period 2016/2017-2018/2019. Under the SBSP, all women aged 50-70 years are invited to attend a routine breast screening examination every three years.
Key points from the report are as follows:
- Routine breast screening was attended by 546,379 women aged 50-70 years, with seven in 10 women taking up the invitation for screening.
- Women from more deprived areas had a lower likelihood of attending breast screening compared with those from the least deprived areas (59.5% vs 79.7%).
- The screening uptake rate rose from 71.2 per cent in 2015/2016-2017/2018 to 72.2 per cent in 2016/2017-2018/2019. However, the rate has witnessed a decline from 2009/2010-2011/12 when it was 74.9 per cent.
- All mainland NHS Boards reported an improved uptake compared with the previous three-year period.
- Two boards, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (66.7%) and NHS Lanarkshire (69.7%), did not fulfil the minimum acceptable uptake standard of 70 per cent.
- The detection rate of invasive cancer for women aged 53-70 years who were previously screened within five years of their last attendance was 7.0 per 1000 women screened. The rate during the previous three-year period was slightly lower at 6.8 per 1000 women.