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Number of breast cancer cases detected by screening has doubled in a decade in England

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b414 (Published 02 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b414
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The routine breast screening programme in England is detecting twice as many cases of breast cancer each year as it did 10 years ago, the latest figures show.

    A report from the NHS Information Centre says that the programme detected 14 110 cases of breast cancer in 2007-8, twice the number found in 1997-8, 6914 cases. More than three quarters (79%) of the cancers detected last year were invasive, and just over half of these (52%) were less than 15 mm …

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