Provision of a Mammography Service
Breast cancer is the commonest cause of death from malignant disease in women. Statistics indicate 1 in 17 women develop it in some form or other, and it is responsible for nearly 10,000 deaths per year in the U.K. In view of these figures it is very hard to understand why there has been such a lack of interest by Radiologists in possible diagnostic techniques. The five year survival figures have hardly changed over the last thirty years despite advances in surgery and radiotherapy. This may well be because the disease has reached a late stage before the patient becomes aware of it. Although self-examination of the breast has been recommended the indications are that tumour diameters approach 3.5 cm before discovery, and by that time 65% of them are no longer localised. The prognosis should be improved the smaller the tumour and the earlier in its development it is discovered. Although there is no real evidence for this supposition it does seem reasonable to expect that the earlier the diagnosis is made the easier it is to institute effective treatment. This might in some cases mean less mutilating surgery.
KeywordsSkin Dose Conventional Film Glandular Breast Tumour Detection Rate Mammography Service
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