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Int Semin Surg Oncol. 2006 Feb 6;3:4.

Screening mammography in women aged 40-49: is it time to change?

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St. George's Hospital, London, UK.


There is little doubt that significant benefits can accrue from carrying out screening mammography of women aged 40-49 in the setting of a highly quality assured service delivery. This will best be achieved using digital mammography to maximise detection rates and trained and high volume reading expert radiologists to apply economic cushions of optimising specificity as well as sensitivity in addition to utilising modern and accurate assessment and tissue sampling techniques that have evolved.

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