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The latest news in cancer research, health and policy by Cancer Research UK.

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Breast Screening

Text message reminders boost breast cancer screening attendance

Women who received a text message reminding them about their breast cancer screening appointment were 20 per cent more likely to attend.

Nearly 2m women attended breast screening in 2007/08

The number of women attending breast screening has risen, with nearly two million accepting invitations from the NHS Breast Screening Programme in 2007/08, new figures...

Computers could assist doctors in screening for breast cancer

A revolutionary way to read mammograms with the help of a computer could free up time for hundreds of medical experts and so speed the breast screening process.

Company claims new 'mouth swab' gene test will lead to personalised breast screening

A UK company has launched a new genetic risk assessment service which they claim will allow doctors to draw up personalised breast cancer screening and prevention...

Breast cancer screening trials for under 50s does not show significant effect

A ten year trial in which women between the ages of 40 and 50 were invited for annual breast screening did not show a significant reduction in breast cancer mortality.

Breast screening saves lives say experts

UK screening experts have emphasised the benefits of breast screening after a study suggested that one in three cancers detected by screening might not need treatment.

Breast cancer deaths almost halved after screening

A Cancer Research UK report produces the strongest evidence yet that organised breast screening programmes save lives.

Breast density linked to cancer recurrence

Breast density, already related to breast cancer risk, has been found to be an important indicator for cancer recurrence.

10,000 'at risk' women in trials for early breast screening

A leading Cancer Research UK scientist is among eight top clinical researchers chosen to launch a pioneering breast cancer screening study for women between 40-44 who have...

Cancer cases detected by NHS breast screening double in ten years

The number of cancer cases detected by the NHS Breast Screening Programme has doubled in the last ten years, new figures show.