Praise for Jersey's breast cancer screening rates

Breast cancer detection rates in Jersey are higher than national performance standards, according to research by the UK's Cancer Screening Evaluation Unit.

Some 279 cases of the disease have been found since the island's screening programme began in 1990.

Almost 4,000 women were screened for the disease between March 2009 and March 2010.

But more women between 50 and 69 are being urged to sign up.

Dr Linda Diggle, Public Health's head of healthcare programmes, said: "Unfortunately, we don't have a database of all eligible women in the island so we have to rely on women phoning us with their details in order to get them onto the programme in the first place."

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