As per the data being retrieved from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, it has been revealed that there has been significant improvement in the breast cancer screenings. A few 1.88 million women from 45 and above were being screened for breast cancer screening in 2010-2011.
The number is quite high in comparison to last year number. Some 1.79 million women went for breast cancer screening in 2008-2009. The experts were of the view that such a rise is due to the increase in awareness among women and another reason is that now more age groups are being called for screenings.
The experts said that generally women aged 50 to 70 were being called for breast cancer screenings, but now rules has been changed a bit. Now, women who are aged 47 to 73 are being called for screenings. In addition, the experts from the University of Southampton were of the view that it is very necessary that women should understand the worth of breast cancer screenings.
They further affirmed that the first eight year of screenings are quite crucial and on an average, they are not beneficial in the first eight years.
Sarah Sellars, who is Assistant Director for the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, was of the view, "These statistics show that coverage - the proportion of eligible women being regularly screened - remains constant at more than three-quarters of women (77.2%). By bringing forward detection and diagnosis, screening helps us find those cancers that might otherwise not be caught until later in life".
Tim Straughan, who is Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, said that they owe the rise in breast screenings to their national programme. They are determined to further increase the screening numbers.