More Scottish women attending breast cancer screening

In collaboration with the Press Association

The number of Scottish women attending breast cancer screening has continued to grow above the targeted rate, the NHS watchdog has announced.

Most of the key targets across the breast cancer screening programme in Scotland were being met, according to NHS Quality Improvement.

Services in all six Scottish regions were exceeding their original target rate of 70 per cent of women, it said.

Problems remain in getting results back to women on time, however, with services failing to hit their target of returning results to 95 per cent of women within 15 days.

Doctors said that ensuring cancers were detected early and rapidly treated was the key to cutting cancer death rates.

The Scottish Executive said that the results were a vote of confidence by women in the NHS breast cancer screening services.