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Strategies for increasing the participation of women in community breast cancer screening

Bonfill Cosp X, Marzo Castillejo M, Pladevall Vila M, Marti J, Emparanza JI
Published Online: 
21 January 2009

Screening aims to identify people who might have a disease, by testing a group of people for signs of disease. Breast cancer screening with mammography has focused on women aged 50 to 69 years. The review of trials found that a letter of invitation, mailed educational material, a phone call and some combined actions (such as a letter of invitation plus a phone call and training activities plus reminders) all seem to increase numbers of women participating. However it is not known which of these work better. Other interventions (such as a home visit) have not been proven to work.

This record should be cited as: 
Bonfill Cosp X, Marzo Castillejo M, Pladevall Vila M, Marti J, Emparanza JI. Strategies for increasing the participation of women in community breast cancer screening. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2001, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD002943. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002943
Assessed as up to date: 
18 October 2000
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