Date lodged: 28 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the reasons for any differences between NHS boards in the uptake rates for breast screening.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 29 October 2018
There are two reports on breast screening uptake available on the ISD website, the most recent being up to 2012 data that was published in 2013 - see http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Breast-Screening/ .
The main identified reason for differences in uptake in breast screening relates to socio-economic class. Uptake of breast screening between 2003 and 2012 has been about 17-18% lower in women who live in the most deprived areas of Scotland compared with those who live in the least deprived areas. This is why we are investing up to £5m of funding from the Cancer Strategy 'Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action' 2016 to reduce inequalities, raise awareness and improve uptake in screening, particularly amongst those less likely to participate. As part of this work, we are establishing a network, involving clinical and academic experts from across Scotland as well as third sector organisations to identify new activities and learn from local practice and innovation, to improve participation in screening programmes.