Mammograms offered to women aged 50 to 70 to check for breast cancer are among the tests that have been suspendedCancer screening tests have been suspended in Scotland as the NHS tackles the coronavirus outbreak. Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, said that the Scottish government had taken the “very difficult decision” to suspend all population programmes. Checks for older people to find bowel cancer, breast cancer and potentially deadly aneurysms will all be suspended, as will smear tests and checks for eye problems caused by diabetes. “As you can imagine, this is not a decision we have taken lightly,” Ms Sturgeon said. “However, it is important in order to maximise the ability of the NHS to cope over the coming weeks.”Catherine Calderwood, the chief medical officer, explained that screening had to be halted for several reasons.
Source: The Times March 31, 2020 08:03 UTC