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The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) 

The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP)
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The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP)
Author(s):

James Harvey

, Sue Down

, Rachel Bright-Thomas

, John Winstanley

, and Hugh Bishop

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199215065.003.0002
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date: 21 August 2019

The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP). This chapter begins with a history of breast screening and the principles of the screening programme before describing its evolution including current development. The organisation of screening units in the NHS is included and an introduction to the Quality Assurance process required by each of the specialties involved in the programme. The chapter then takes readers through a patient journey of the screening process and what to expect at each stage. The final module discusses the current controversies in breast screening. The outcomes of a recent independent review (October 2012) are included, along with an outline of future developments planned for the screening programme and useful web links.

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