The UK NSC policy on Breast Cancer screening in women over 50
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|| Systematic population screening programme recommended
Screening is recommended by the UK NSC.
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What is screening?
Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition.
It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries about whether to not a screening programme for a certain condition should be set up.
» Find out more about screening, the role of the UK NSC or the policy review process
More about Breast Cancer
In the UK, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. Approximately 45,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year, usually in women who are over 50 years of age and who have reached menopause. However, it is possible for women of any age to be affected by breast cancer and, in rare cases, the condition can also affect men.
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» Read more about breast cancer screening on NHS Choices
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Screening in the UK
Compare how screening is offered across the UK.
• Breast Cancer Care
• The British Association for Cancer Research
• British Association of Surgical Oncology
• Cancer Research UK
• Royal College of Physicians
• Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
• Royal College of Surgeons
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed.
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More about the policy review process, including the role of stakeholders,
can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's policy review process.
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