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Volume 10 Supplement 3

Symposium Mammographicum 2008

The West Midlands screening histories results

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Utilising cancer registration and screening data, every primary breast cancer case diagnosed in women eligible for screening in the West Midlands since screening began until March 2006 was assigned a screening status based on the woman's screening history. Tumours were allocated to one of eight screening status categories [1]. The 10-year relative survival was calculated for the five main categories.

A total of 24,095 cancers were classified (Table 1). Of these, 27% were classified as interval cancers, and the incidence rates of these cases were lower for the 25-month to 36-month period from screening to diagnosis compared with the 0-month to 24-month period. Of these interval cancers, 62% were diagnosed in women who had been screened more than once. In the most affluent women, 30% were interval cancers and 7% were non-attenders. In the most deprived women, 21% were interval cancers and 15% were non-attenders.

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Women with screen-detected breast cancer had the best survival rates; women with interval cancers had survival rates above those of non-attenders, highlighting the benefits of screening.

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    Lawrence G, Kearins O, O'Sullivan E, Tappenden N, Wallis M, Walton J: The West Midlands breast cancer screening status algorithm – methodology and use as an audit tool. J Med Screen. 2005, 12: 179-184. 10.1258/096914105775220705.

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Martin, K., O'Sullivan, E., Kearins, O. et al. The West Midlands screening histories results. Breast Cancer Res 10, P67 (2008) doi:10.1186/bcr2065

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  • Breast Cancer
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  • Primary Breast Cancer
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