Breast Screening Programme: should the interval between tests depend on age?

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  • Anthony G Threlfall
  • Ciaran Woodman
  • Pat Prior

Colleges, School and Institutes


The NHS breast screening programme was introduced in 1988 following the report of a committee, which recommended that women aged 50—64 years should be screened every 3 years, but also concluded that for different age groups the optimum screening interval may not be the same and that this should have a high research priority. 1 We now describe the frequency with which cancers present between screening appointments (interval cancers) in relation to age at time of screening. Interval cancers provide ...


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number9050
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 1997


  • breast screening

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