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A new breast screening programme--an audit of the first year.
  1. R. M. Kirby,
  2. M. Williams,
  3. G. Hopper,
  4. M. D. Skinner,
  5. C. French,
  6. V. Suarez,
  7. M. E. Summerly,
  8. J. G. Gray
  1. North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke on Trent, UK.


    The experience of a new breast screening unit is reported. In the first 12 months there was a 72.1% response rate with 9890 women being screened. After the initial screen 598 (5.8%) were referred to the Assessment clinic. Following repeated mammography and clinical examination 166 patients were referred for a surgical opinion; 105 (1.06% of the total screened) were considered to be possibly malignant; 61 further patients with clinical and mammographically benign disease were kept under review by a single surgeon; 101 patients had excision biopsies; 28 of 32 palpable breast lumps and 36 of 69 non-palpable lesions proved to be malignant.

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