Extension of mammographic breast screening to the over seventies: assessment of efficacy, practicality and patient preferences
Lead investigators Lynda Wyld, Karen Collins, Stephen Walters, Tom Robinson, Malcolm Reed
Funded by National Institute for Health Research (Research for Patient Benefit Programme)
Dates 2007 - 2010
To establish the views and attitudes of older women and health professionals, in relation to mammographic screening in older women and to determine the optimal strategy for breast screening extension into the over 70 age group.
Highlighted poor level of knowledge of availability of breast screening in older women, which is a significant health inequality. The results may have a material impact on the decision of the UK government on whether to extend screening beyond its current age limit of 73. In discussion with the UK screening authorities and cancer authorities about the results of the elderly screening study and they are supporting further detailed evaluation of this area.