Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Breast Screening Detection Doubles; Intervention at Early Stage Saves Lives

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Breast Screening Detection Doubles; Intervention at Early Stage Saves Lives

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Byline: Helen Rae

CASES of breast cancer picked up by screening have nearly doubled in the North East over the last decade, new figures show.

Nationally, the NHS Breast Screening Programme is now picking up nearly 14,200 cases - almost twice the number of 10 years ago.

Of the cancers it detected in 2008/09, just over 11,200 or 79% were invasive - the most serious type. More than half of the invasive cancers were less than 15mm in size and not detectable by hand.

The figures have been released in an effort to reassure women that breast checks are effective and an increased awareness of the condition is making an impact on numbers treated. Dr Meng Khaw, director of public health for North Tyneside PCT, welcomed the news that the detection of cancer cases has doubled over the last 10 years through the NHS breast screening programme.

He said: "It is excellent news that more cancer cases are being detected thanks to the NHS breast screening programme.

"The improved quality of screening coupled with faster access to treatment, are ensuring that more women are receiving the life-saving treatment they need earlier.

"Breast screening can help to find small changes in the breast before there are any other signs or symptoms.

If changes are found at an early stage, there is a good chance of successful treatment for patients. I would urge all women invited for screening to take up the offer. Whatever age you are, if you are ever worried about any breast problem, please contact your doctor who will refer you for a specialist opinion if necessary." Last year in the North East alone, 95,605 women were screened and 731 cases of cancer were detected, of which 589 were invasive.

In Gateshead 29,064 women were screened; 221 cancers were found and 180 were invasive. In Newcastle 32,339 were screened; 259 cancers were discovered and 198 were invasive. …

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