Herault breast screening programme: results after 30 months of a mobile French schedule

Eur J Cancer Prev. 1995 Aug;4(4):299-305.

Abstract

Breast screening in the Herault Department (France) has been carried out since July 1990. As with other French programmes, it is a population-based screen, whose main features are related to its organization in that: (a) it is performed by a specific unit (the 'Institut Montpelliérain d'Imagerie Medico-Biologique'); and (b) the group of women targeted is those aged 40-70 years. The two-view mammography is performed every 2 years in mobile units. This paper presents the results after 30 months: 26,026 participants were screened from a target population of 52,617 women, giving a participation rate of 49%. The recall rate and the biopsy rate observed were 7% and 1.5%, respectively. The predictive positive value was 8.4% for a positive test while it was 35% for the biopsy; the values increased with age. 137 cancers were observed giving a detection rate of 5.3%, of which 82% were in situ. Small (< or = to 10 mm) tumours represented 41.5%, and 71.5% of the cancers were node negative. The surgical treatment was conservative for 66% of them.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Appointments and Schedules
  • Biopsy
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery
  • Carcinoma in Situ / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoma in Situ / pathology
  • Carcinoma in Situ / prevention & control
  • Carcinoma in Situ / surgery
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • France
  • Humans
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Mammography
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mobile Health Units*
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Population Surveillance
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Rural Health
  • Urban Health