London Breast Screening

Age Extension trial continues January 2018

At present, all women between the ages of 50 and 70 are invited for breast screening as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP). In this study the age range is being extended to include women between the ages of 47 and 49 and 71 to 73. Researchers hope to learn the risks and benefits of inviting women in these age ranges for additional screening.

The age extension study to the NHSBSP is taking place in 65 Breast Screening Units across England. During the study, half the women between the ages of 47 to 49, and some women between the ages of 71 to 73 will be invited for breast screening.

Researchers will collect information about the number of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and the number of women who die of the disease.The aim of this study is to see if extending the age range of breast screening reduces deaths from breast cancer.

More details of the study can be found here.



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