31/05/2015

Breast cancer screening

Every week, I am asked about breast screening.  The BCN (Breast Course for Nurses) highlights the importance of clinical breast screening which has been largely overlooked in many high income countries in favour of radiological screening (mammography).

The question remains: How often should a woman with an average risk of breast cancer go for a mammogram?

I have blogged about this before and summarised the Marmot report findings.  Last month, the US Preventive Services Task Force came out with their new guidelines for discussion.  Many of the points are similar to the recommendations from the Marmot report but their website is very user friendly and summarises a lot of the evidence for their conclusions.

How often have you been advised to go for a mammogram?  Have you commended on their proposals?

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