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Advanced breast cancer more common in area with low uptake of screening

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:72
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Death rates from breast cancer in one NHS screening programme area were nearly double that of the neighbouring area, a new study has found.

    A low uptake of screening invitations may be to blame for the higher levels of advanced breast cancer disease and increased mortality in the area with the lower uptake.

    The study, which compared NHS programmes in Wigan and Manchester, found that the incidence of advanced disease in the low uptake area, Manchester, was almost double that of Wigan, where the proportion of women accepting invitations was much higher. The study found a similar trend in mortality from breast …

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