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Women with normal mammography describing symptoms at screening

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Geoff Hide, Dr Lesley McLean, Dr William Simpson


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A retrospective study from May 1989 to June 1995 identified 4327 women with symptoms and normal mammography, from a total population of 139 852. The women with symptoms were divided into two groups: those who had been recalled for assessment, because of potentially significant symptoms, and those who had not. Out of 448 women recalled for assessment with significant symptoms, 8 malignancies were detected and 8 benign biopsies were performed. Review of the remaining 3879 women with symptoms showed that 4 had developed interval cancers in the same breast as the symptoms described at the previous screening attendance. No cancer was detected at subsequent screening examinations. This review shows that breast cancer is so uncommon in women attending for screening with symptoms that a policy of only recalling women with significant symptoms is justifiable. (C) 1999 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hide IG, McLean L, Simpson W, Neilson F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Breast

Year: 1999

Volume: 8

Issue: 3

Pages: 116-119

Print publication date: 01/06/1999

ISSN (print): 0960-9776

ISSN (electronic): 1532-3080

Publisher: Churchill Livingstone


DOI: 10.1054/brst.1999.0043


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