Breast cancer screening: false positive rate is lower in older women

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7158.599 (Published 29 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:599
  1. G Rubin, Director,
  2. Linda Garvican, Principal Public Health Specialist
  1. East Sussex,Brighton and Hove Breast Screening Service, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton BN2 5BE
  2. South East Institute of Public Health, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0XT

    EDITOR —Werneke and McPherson1 question the detection rates of cancer observed in the breast screening programme in East Sussex, Brighton, and Hove that we reported in our recent paper.2 They suggest that these are the result of a high proportion of false positive screens. It is unfortunate that they did not consult us beforehand. The paper gives results of an ongoing study, but …

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