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Swedish county abandons breast screening

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:595
  1. Greg Mciver

    Doctors and opposition political parties across Sweden have launched a campaign to overturn a controversial decision by Alvsborg County Council to abandon a breast cancer screening programme for women aged between 40 and 74 years. The move, by the county's ruling Social Democrats, is unprecedented in Sweden, where breast screening has been carried out in 24 of the country's 26 counties since 1986. The decision, taken in January, has prompted a parliamentary debate on the availability of mammography, and representatives of Alvsborg's left and liberal parties …

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