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Breast cancer screenings hit record

Statistics reveal that almost two million women were screened for breast cancer in 2007 to 200. This is by far the the highest number of screenings on record.

In 2007-08, a total of 1,994,651 women aged in between 50 and 70 had mammograms, up 93,418 on the previous year. 16,449 new cases of cancer were detected, a rise of more than 1,500 than the previous year.

The UK-wide figures are contained in the NHS Breast Screening Programme 2009 Annual Review. Just over 73% of women now accept screening invitations although health experts want that number to be higher.

In 2007-08, 2.5 million women were invited for screening, an increase of just over 100,000 women on the previous year.

The report indicates that women from wealthier backgrounds are more likely to accept a screening invite than those who are less affluent.

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