Interpretation of breast cancer screening guideline for Chinese women

Yubei Huang, Zhongsheng Tong, Kexin Chen, et al.


Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumor in Chinese women. Early screening is the best way to improve the rates ofearly diagnosis and survival of breast cancer patients. The peak onset age for breast cancer in Chinese women is considerablyyounger than those in European and American women. It is imperative to develop breast cancer screening guideline that is suitablefor Chinese women. By summarizing the current evidence on breast cancer screening in Chinese women, and referring to the latestguidelines and consensus on breast cancer screening in Europe, the United States, and East Asia, the China Anti-CancerAssociation and National Clinical Research Center for Cancer (Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital) haveformulated population-based guideline for breast cancer screening in Chinese women. The guideline provides recommendationson breast cancer screening for Chinese women at average or high risk of breast cancer according to the following three aspects: ageof screening, screening methods, and screening interval. This article provides more detailed information to support therecommendations in this guideline and to provide more direction for current breast cancer screening practices in China.


Breast cancer; screening; ultrasound; mammography; guideline

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