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Press Release – low uptake for breast screening locally

Over a quarter of women in Leeds are not attending their breast screening appointment

Over a quarter of women (27.3%) in Leeds aged 50-70 who are eligible for breast screening for cancer are not taking up their invitation.
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), Leeds City Medical Practice is asking all women aged 50-70 to attend their breast screening test – it could save their lives.

Latest research has shown that:

  • The number of women attending a screening across West Yorkshire is generally decreasing year-on-year. In Leeds, 73.8% of women were screened in 2013 compared to 72.7% in 2014.
  • 29% of women eligible for breast screening across Yorkshire are still not taking up their invitation
  • There is also a low awareness amongst women of symptoms. Approximately 30% of all women in England diagnosed with breast cancer report a symptom other than a lump. However, research shows that when asked to name symptoms of breast cancer, only half of women over 70 (48%) could name a symptom aside from a lump. Other symptoms include:
    • a change in the size, shape or feel of a breast
    • dimpling of the skin
    • a change in the shape of or a rash on your nipple and
    • a blood stained discharge from the nipple 

The most recent annual figures (2013) show that 890 women in Yorkshire and the Humber died of breast cancer.

Women of all ages should get to know how their breasts look and feel normally, so they will find it easier to spot something unusual.