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European consensus on cancer screening should be applied urgently by health ministers

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 18 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:396
  1. Marc Arbyn, coordinator, European Network of Cervical Cancer Screening (,
  2. Herman Van Oyen, head,
  3. Elsebeth Lynge, main author of European recommendations,
  4. Michael Mickshe, head
  1. Scientific Institute of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
  2. Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. Department of Applied and Experimental Oncology, Institute of Cancer Research,University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    EDITOR—In Vienna in November 1999 consensus was reached on European recommendations for cancer screening at a conference organised by the European Commission of experts in research, health care, and cancer screening from all member states of the European Union. Despite this agreement, however, the political authorities concerned have not yet officially validated the recommendations. This lack of a European policy will lead to a continuation of inefficient opportunistic screening in several member states. It will also increase the risk of uncontrolled penetration of new screening methods from commercial lobbying. This issue …

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