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Vol. 6, No. 2, 2011
Issue release date: April 2011
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Breast Care 2011;6:104–109
(DOI:10.1159/000327493)

Mammography Screening: Evidence, History and Current Practice in Germany and Other European Countries

Biesheuvel C.a · Weige S.a,b · Heindel W.a,b
a Reference Center for Mammography, b Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospital Muenster, Germany
email Corresponding Author

Abstract

In this review, we describe the history, evidence, and current practice of mammography screening in Europe and the newly implemented screening program in Germany. We report results of the first screening rounds in North Rhine-Westphalia and compare these with reference values set by the European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis. Finally, we summarize and compare performance indicators of the organized screening program in England, Italy, North Rhine-Westphalia and The Netherlands. Based on results of the first screening rounds, we conclude that the digital mammography screening program in North Rhine-Westphalia performs well and complies with the European guidelines. Besides relatively low attendance rates of approximately 53%, implementation of the German organized breast cancer screening program was successful.


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  • Breast cancer
  • Screening
  • Mammography

 goto top of outline Summary

In this review, we describe the history, evidence, and current practice of mammography screening in Europe and the newly implemented screening program in Germany. We report results of the first screening rounds in North Rhine-Westphalia and compare these with reference values set by the European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis. Finally, we summarize and compare performance indicators of the organized screening program in England, Italy, North Rhine-Westphalia and The Netherlands. Based on results of the first screening rounds, we conclude that the digital mammography screening program in North Rhine-Westphalia performs well and complies with the European guidelines. Besides relatively low attendance rates of approximately 53%, implementation of the German organized breast cancer screening program was successful.

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Dr. Cornelis Biesheuvel, Epidemiologist, Reference Center for Mammography at the University Hospital Muenster, Albert-Schweitzer-Str. 33, 48149 Münster, Germany, Tel. +49 251 834-7215, Fax -5660, biesheuvel@referenzzentrum-ms.de


 goto top of outline Article Information

Published online: April 29, 2011
Number of Print Pages : 6


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Breast Care (Multidisciplinary Journal for Research, Diagnosis and Therapy)

Vol. 6, No. 2, Year 2011 (Cover Date: April 2011)

Journal Editor: Harbeck N. (Köln), Thomssen C. (Halle/Saale), Gnant M. (Wien)
ISSN: 1661-3791 (Print), eISSN: 1661-3805 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/BRC


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Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in goverment regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.

Abstract

In this review, we describe the history, evidence, and current practice of mammography screening in Europe and the newly implemented screening program in Germany. We report results of the first screening rounds in North Rhine-Westphalia and compare these with reference values set by the European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis. Finally, we summarize and compare performance indicators of the organized screening program in England, Italy, North Rhine-Westphalia and The Netherlands. Based on results of the first screening rounds, we conclude that the digital mammography screening program in North Rhine-Westphalia performs well and complies with the European guidelines. Besides relatively low attendance rates of approximately 53%, implementation of the German organized breast cancer screening program was successful.



 goto top of outline Author Contacts

Dr. Cornelis Biesheuvel, Epidemiologist, Reference Center for Mammography at the University Hospital Muenster, Albert-Schweitzer-Str. 33, 48149 Münster, Germany, Tel. +49 251 834-7215, Fax -5660, biesheuvel@referenzzentrum-ms.de


 goto top of outline Article Information

Published online: April 29, 2011
Number of Print Pages : 6


 goto top of outline Publication Details

Breast Care (Multidisciplinary Journal for Research, Diagnosis and Therapy)

Vol. 6, No. 2, Year 2011 (Cover Date: April 2011)

Journal Editor: Harbeck N. (Köln), Thomssen C. (Halle/Saale), Gnant M. (Wien)
ISSN: 1661-3791 (Print), eISSN: 1661-3805 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/BRC


Copyright / Drug Dosage

Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher or, in the case of photocopying, direct payment of a specified fee to the Copyright Clearance Center.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in goverment regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.