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Detection rates for breast cancer rising

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 04 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1101
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    The performance of the United Kingdom's breast cancer screening programme is improving, with its sensitivity and specificity increasing at the same time.

    Figures from its annual report show that the scheme is detecting more cancers, and more smaller cancers (less than 15 mm diameter), while doing fewer unnecessary biopsies. The take up rate from women invited for screening has also improved, with more than three quarters of the …

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