Screening for breast cancer

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6985.1002 (Published 15 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1002

Recommendations are costly and short sighted

  1. Hazel Thornton
  1. Lay member, Cochrane Breast Cancer Group Rowhedge, Colchester CO5 7EA

    EDITOR,—S Field and colleagues' recommendations for two view mammography, a shorter screening interval, double reading of films, training for staff, and a change in the density of the films are costly, short sighted proposals in human and economic terms.1

    They are an attempt to address the emerging inadequacies of a programme of dubious value in terms of the primary objective, which is to reduce morbidity and mortality from breast cancer for all women. Ciaran B …

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