Breast cancer detection rates increase but coverage varies

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:500
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    New methods of screening for breast cancer have led to an increase in the number of cancers detected in England, according to latest statistics from the Department of Health. But the data show that there is still wide geographical variation in the proportion of eligible women who have been screened in the past three years.

    In 2003-4, the number of breast cancers detected increased by more than 14% compared with 2002-3. Of the 1.4 million women screened in England in 2003-4, 11 227 had cancer detected and treated compared with 9848 in 2002-3.

    Nearly half of the cancers detected in …

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