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Maximise compliance as well as radiological sensitivity

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 15 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1002
  1. T J Anderson,
  2. F E Alexander,
  3. A E Kirkpatrick
  1. Reader, department of pathology Senior lecturer, department of public health sciences University of Edinburgh, Medical School, Edinburgh EH8 9AG
  2. Director Scottish Breast Screening Programme, South East Scotland Division, Edinburgh EH11 2JL

    EDITOR,—Ciaran B J Woodman and colleagues' paper reporting the high rate of interval cancers in the North Western Regional Health Authority1 and the accompanying editorial2 will help to increase awareness that successful breast screening has several facets. Two view mammography at the first screen is a simple and effective way of improving the yield at prevalence screens, thus reducing the potential for “false negative” interval cancers. One of the principles behind mammographic breast screening is that the earlier in the detectable preclinical phase that this (or any) modality can achieve detection the longer the delay before …

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