HC Deb 05 November 1993 vol 231 c540W
Ms Primarolo

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average waiting time for mastectomy in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement on the waiting time between diagnosis of breast cancer and surgery.

Dr. Mawhinney

Information requested on waiting times for mastectomies is not available centrally.

We are aware that the period between diagnosis of breast cancer and surgery is a worrying time for women. The national health service breast screening programme, endorsed by the Breast Cancer Screening Advisory Committee, suggests the following targets for the follow-up of abnormalities: first stage screening to subsequent assessment: less than two weeks; surgical assessment: less than one week; completion of assessment to biopsy: 90 per cent. admitted within two weeks; diagnosis to treatment of screen detected lesions: 90 per cent. admitted within three weeks.

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