Survival of women treated for early breast cancer detected by screening is same as in general population, audit shows

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1398
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Women who are treated for early breast cancer that is detected through the UK national screening programme have as good a survival rate as the general population, the latest available figures show.

    Audit data from the Association of Breast Surgery and the NHS’s breast screening programme show that women with small, early stage breast cancers that were detected in 1990-1 and who were categorised as having a good or excellent prognosis had the same five year survival rate as the general public. This type of breast cancer accounts for nearly two thirds (61%) of those detected through the screening programme. Survival rates were similar among women whose cancer was detected by screening in 2000-1.

    The overall five year relative survival for women with breast cancer detected by screening rose from 93.6% in 1990-1 to 96.4% in 2000-1. This rise …

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