Screening for breast cancer began in the UK in 1988 and the
prevalent screening round was completed in 1995. Currently, all
women aged 50-64 are invited for mammograms every three years;
the age range is to be expanded to women aged 70 by 2004.
1999-2000, the NHS Breast Screening Programme detected 9,797
cancers by screening about 1,550,000 women.
The potential use of
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for screening high risk women
aged 35-50 is being evaluated.
Women with symptoms that could be due to breast cancer are
referred by their GP to designated breast clinics in local hospitals. In
a single year, the average GP, with a patient...