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Early detection of hereditary breast cancer 

Early detection of hereditary breast cancer
Early detection of hereditary breast cancer

Michael Michell

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date: 12 July 2020

The early detection and treatment of breast cancer by screening programmes has been shown to be effective in reducing breast cancer deaths. Regular routine screening using X-ray mammography is recommended for women aged 50 years and over. Improved knowledge of genetics and breast cancer risk factors has led to increasing interest in provision of specialised screening services for women with an increased risk of breast cancer due to their family history or BRCA gene mutations. These specialised services start screening from a younger age and use magnetic resonance imaging for women who have a very high risk. The effectiveness of all breast screening services is underpinned by specialist training and robust quality assurance.

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