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Rate of recall after breast cancer screening in the United States is twice that in the United Kingdom

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:948
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The proportion of women who are recalled for further testing after screening for breast cancer using mammography and the proportion of negative results after surgical biopsy are twice as high in the United States as in the United Kingdom, although the rate of detection of breast cancer is similar in the two countries.

    The process of screening differs between the United States and the United Kingdom. In the United States mammography is provided in diverse settings, such as private practice, health maintenance organisations, and academic medical centres, whereas in the United Kingdom a single organised screening programme run by the NHS provides virtually all mammography for women …

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