Skip to content


Volume 10 Supplement 3

Symposium Mammographicum 2008

  • Poster presentation
  • Open Access

A review of breast cancers found in the Welsh Family History screening programme

  • 1,
  • 1,
  • 1,
  • 1 and
  • 1
Breast Cancer Research200810 (Suppl 3) :P86

  • Published:


  • Breast Cancer
  • Carcinoma
  • Family History
  • Screening Programme
  • Mammographic Screening

Mammographic screening for women at increased risk due to a family history commenced in 2001 in Wales. Forty-one cancers have been found, and 31 were screen detected. One-half were in the high-risk category.

Of the high-risk cancers, 47% were grade 3 and 41% were node-positive, despite annual screening. Ductal carcinoma in situ was frequently found, and 75% of this was of high nuclear grade. In the moderate-risk group there was an even spread of cancer grade, fewer cases of ductal carcinoma in situ and no node-positive tumours.

The most common mammographic findings were calcification and glandular asymmetry.

Authors’ Affiliations

Breast Test Wales, Cardiff, UK


© BioMed Central Ltd 2008