Breast screening take-up rate still poor in Barnet

In Barnet the breast screening rate remains poor, with only some 58% of eligible women being scanned against a national target of 80%, and still considerably below the minimum national standard of 70%.

Speaking from his constituency office, Mike Freer MP said, “The cancer mortality rate of women in this country is unacceptably high, especially as the UK is one of the best performers in the EU for the male mortality rate.

We should be aiming to do much better.  The local breast screening rate is extremely disappointing, and I feel there is a lack of ambition to push it towards the desired 80%.  But most importantly of all there must be a purpose built screening unit at the rebuilt Finchley Memorial Hospital to replace the mobile unit.”