Breast screening: clinical guidelines for screening assessment
NHSBSP Publication No 49: clinical guidelines for healthcare professionals screening women for breast cancer.
Ref: NHSBSP Publication No 49; PHE publications gateway number: 2016426 PDF, 510KB, 36 pages
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The aim of assessment is to obtain a definitive and timely diagnosis of all potential abnormalities detected during screening.
This is best achieved by using ‘triple assessment’, comprising:
- imaging (usually mammography and ultrasound)
- clinical examination
- image guided needle biopsy for histological examination if indicated
Cytology should no longer be used alone to obtain a non-operative diagnosis of breast cancer.