Purpose of This Summary
This PDQ cancer information summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the treatment of breast cancer. It is intended as a resource to inform and assist clinicians who care for cancer patients. It does not provide formal guidelines or recommendations for making health care decisions.
Reviewers and Updates
This summary is reviewed regularly and updated as necessary by the PDQ Adult Treatment Editorial...
Added text about a detailed analysis of Swedish women by county that compared breast cancer mortality in the presence and absence of screening mammography and concluded that screening had little impact on breast cancer mortality (cited Autier et al. as reference 14).
Mammography—Variables Associated with Accuracy
Added text to state that the approach of applying both digital and screen-film mammography to individuals in a single arm study may yield a biased estimate of the relative sensitivity of the tests and that an alternative design would randomize individuals to two arms with each test performed in only one arm, comparing the interval cancer rates in the two arms.
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