Older women should receive annual breast examinations

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7142.1463a (Published 09 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1463
  1. Rafael Marques de Souza, Medical student,
  2. Valdir M de Souza, Director
  1. School of Medicine, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  2. Sao Rafael Hospital, Novo Hamburo-RS, Brazil.

    EDITOR—Haigney et al have reported the results of a questionnaire survey of breast cancer screening practices in older women.1 The study emphasised the conflict between knowledge of the recommended cancer screening tests and doctors' actual practice. Some methodological aspects regarding the results were not discussed, such as the possibility of selection bias with respect to the hospital doctors interviewed (response rate 75%). The study raises the issue that despite knowing what they should do …

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