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Breast Cancer Screening in Average-Risk Women 

Breast Cancer Screening in Average-Risk Women
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Breast Cancer Screening in Average-Risk Women
Author(s):

Christoph I. Lee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0038
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date: 16 July 2018

This chapter, found in the cancer screening and management section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key meta-analysis regarding the efficacy of mammography for breast cancer screening among younger and older average-risk women. This summary outlines study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. Meta-analysis of available trial data demonstrates a 15% mortality reduction among women aged 39 to 49 years with routine screening mammography. This age group has the highest rates of additional imaging but lowest rates of benign biopsy. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the analysis, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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