20 February 2015
The majority of women (85 per cent) would support the idea of introducing more frequent breast screening for those at the highest risk of cancer.
This is according to a new study published in the Breast journal, which also found that fewer females (60 per cent) would support this notion if the risk of the patient was lower.
The research, supported by Cancer Research UK and the Eve Appeal, included more than 940 women from across the UK who were each asked about their views on screening based on a person's genetic risk.
It also found that two-thirds would welcome the idea of altering the frequency of screening based on risk.
Currently, the NHS breast screening programme offers routine mammograms based on age, rather than a person's genetic risk, with all women between 50 and 70 being invited every three years. Females over this age can request a screening if they want one, as older women are at an even higher risk.
Dr Susanne Meisel, research psychologist at UCL (University College London), said: "Looking at whether genetic risk could be used to tailor and improve the breast screening programme is still at an early stage, but it's useful to find out now what the public might think about this idea."
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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