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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05779: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to provide women who have a history of breast cancer in their family the opportunity to self-refer to the breast screening programme.

Answered by: Shona Robison 13 January 2017

The Scottish Government has no plans to provide women who have a history of breast cancer in the family the opportunity to self refer to the breast screening programme. However, a GP can refer such women on to genetics/family history service but this service is not part of the national screening programme. These women would still be invited for screening as part of the breast screening programme once every three years if they are in the eligible age range of 50-70 and have not been screened within the previous six months.

In Scotland there are guidelines for the referral of women with a familial risk of breast cancer and this is the most effective, direct route for assessment and management of these women. Guidance for referral to regional genetics centres for those with a family history of breast cancer is available at http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/our_work/cancer_care_improvement/programme_resources/familial_breast_cancer_report.aspx