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Is Screening for Cancer Worth While? Results from a Well-woman Clinic for Cancer Detection

Br Med J 1970; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5724.696 (Published 19 September 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:696
  1. J. B. Davey,
  2. W. P. Greening,
  3. J. A. McKinna


    1,768 women were screened for breast and cervical cancer in the year May 1968 to April 1969. Clinical examination followed the completion of a simple questionary. Investigations included thermography and mammography of the breast and cytology of the cervical and vaginal smears. Breast cancer was detected in 15 patients (0·85% or 8·5 per 1,000) and none was aware of any abnormality though 13 of the tumours were clinically palpable. Carcinoma in situ of the cervix was found in a further eight (0·45% or 4·5 per 1,000).

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