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Britain's breast cancer services need overhaul

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.211a (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:211
  1. LUISA DILLNER
  1. BMJ

    Britain's mortality from breast cancer--one of the highest in the world--could be due to poor treatment, says a report from the government's health committee. The committee makes 42 recommendations for improving services for breast cancer, one of which is that the Department of Health should commission research into why Britain is near the bottom of the league for survival rates. The report also recommends that screening should be extended from 65 years of age to 69. It says that screening should be offered more often than every three years if research currently being carried out shows this is effective.

    Britain does not have a particularly high incidence of breast cancer, but in 1992 there were nearly …

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