Questions on access to breast cancer screening
Questions on breast cancer screening Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Executive how many women over 70 have self-referred to the breast-screening programme in each of the last 10 years for which information is available. (S3W-38105)

Nicola Sturgeon (The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing):
Details are as follows:

Number of Self/GP Referrals Screened by the Scottish Breast Screening Programme

Women Aged Over 70, Scotland: 1 April 1999 to 31 March 2009

Age >70
1999-2000 1,967
2000-01 2,182
2001-02 2,629
2002-03 3,381
2003-04² 4,024
2004-05 4,847
2005-06 5,768
2006-07 6,156
2007-08 6,572
2008-09 8,498


Source: Tables E, F1 and F2 KC62 Returns. Ref: IR2010-03073, S3W-38105.

Notes:

1. Breast Screening year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

2. In Scotland, women aged 50 to 64 years were invited for a routine screen once every three years until 2003-04, when the age range for invitation was extended to include women up to the age of 70 years. This expansion was phased in throughout the country over a three year round of screening. Women over 70 years are still screened three yearly on request.
Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the number of women over 70 who self-refer to the breast-screening programme. (S3W-38106)

Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that women over 70 are aware that they can self-refer to the breast-screening programme. (S3W-38107)

Nicola Sturgeon (The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing):
I refer the member to the answer to question S3W-26752 on 10 September 2009. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/Apps2/Business/PQA/Default.aspx.
Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available to women over 70 explaining the process for self-referral to the breast-screening programme. (S3W-38108)

Nicola Sturgeon (The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing):
Information about the Scottish Breast Screening Programme is available from NHS Health Scotland.

The Breast Screening Explained leaflet outlines how the breast screening service is organised including information on self-referral for women over 70. This leaflet is available to download from the NHS Health Scotland website at http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/1390.aspx or from local health promotion resource departments.

Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Executive what information is available to people who are blind or partially sighted regarding self-referral to the breast-screening programme. (S3W-38109)

Shona Robison (The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing):
Information about the Scottish Breast Screening Programme is available from NHS Health Scotland

NHS Health Scotland publications are available in alternative formats for example: Braille, large print and audio versions. These can be requested by contacting NHS Health Publications on telephone number 0131 536 5544 or e-mail [email protected]
Questions asked and answered on December 16th 2010