NHS breast cancer screening rates drop to their lowest level in a decade

NHS breast cancer screening rates drop to their lowest level in a decade as 750,000 miss out on checks Only 70% of English women aged 50 to 70 avail of routine breast screening  Some 750,000 women who were invited to attend missed their appointments  Breast cancer is the most common type affecting 55,000 women a year Screening rates have declined over the past decade, figures have shown 

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 00:39 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 00:39 GMT, 1 March 2019

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Breast screening rates have dropped to their lowest this decade, official figures show.

Only 70.5 per cent of women in England aged 50 to 70 went to routine screening in 2017/18, down from 71.1 per cent the previous year.

It means around 750,000 women who were invited did not attend their appointments, according to NHS Digital statistics.

Breast screening rates have dropped to their lowest this decade new figures have shown

Breast screening rates have dropped to their lowest this decade new figures have shown

Experts blame it on busy lives, worries that mammograms are painful and concerns that screening can do more harm than good.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive of the charity Breast Cancer Now, said: ‘It’s extremely worrying that uptake of breast screening continues to fall and has reached another decade low.

‘If this decline continues, next year could see screening in England fall below its minimum attendance target of 70 per cent for the first time, and we must act now at national and regional levels to reverse this trend. With breast cancer incidence continuing to rise, it’s really concerning that over 750,000 women are missing out on the

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