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Is it worth screening women over 70 for breast cancer — or indeed any women?

Alan Rodger
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (6): 247-248.
Published online: 18 March 2002

Screening by high-quality programs successfully detects cancers at an earlier stage

In 2002, the 10th anniversary of Australia's national program of mammographic screening for breast cancer, it is perhaps timely to reflect and review. The need for reassessment is highlighted by the recent furore in the breast-screening world1-4 precipitated by a Cochrane review by Olsen and Gøtzsche.1 In this issue of the Journal, the article by Barratt et al5 (page 266) also encourages us to review breast-screening policies — in this case for women 70 years and over who are no longer in the target group for free mammographic screening (50–69 years).

  • Alan Rodger

  • William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre, The Alfred; and Monash University, Prahran, VIC.


Competing interests:

Alan Rodger has been a member of the Cochrane Breast Cancer Editorial Group since June 2001. He is Chair of BreastScreen Victoria.

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