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Variation in number of women being recalled after breast cancer screening needs to be looked into

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39437.531887.DB (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:15
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    The percentage of positive results from breast cancer screening has risen in the United Kingdom, but almost a quarter of screening centres are recalling more than one in 10 women for further assessment, often because the initial results were unclear.

    Researchers from the Institute of Cancer Research say that variation among individual screening units, especially in the number of women being recalled, should be investigated, as the extra workload for units that recall a high proportion of women will add to other pressures facing the programme.

    Pressure of work means that many centres are failing to meet the target of 90% of women being …

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