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Upper age limit should be raised for cancer screening

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:831
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Current age bands for cancer screening in the United Kingdom seem to have been arbitrarily selected and are not based on rational criteria, according to researchers from the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London.

    The age band is critical to evaluating the effectiveness of screening programmes and for identifying priorities in screening policy, they concluded.

    The research team, led by Dr Malcolm Law, used national statistics on the …

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