§ Mr. Lamborn
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether agreement has been reached between the National Health Service and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund for developing a more advanced method of detecting breast cancer.
§ Dr. Owen
My Department is waiting to hear further from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund about developments on its proposal to mount a breast cancer screening trial in South London. The health departments for England, Scotland and Wales arc already sponsoring five research projects on breast cancer screening and, in consultation with the Medical Research Council, are taking steps to establish feasibility studies in certain areas to determine the optimum form any service might take.
General diagnostic facilities for breast cancer are provided widely through outpatient clinics and radiological and pathological departments in hospitals; any woman who discovers suspicious symptoms should seek a prompt consultation with her doctor.