New recommendations published: screening intervals and more

04. 02. 2019 | ECIBC Press Release

This World Cancer Day, ECIBC releases 17 new recommendations [1] providing now access to a total of 40 recommendations on breast cancer screening and diagnosis, announced also via the JRC website (EU Science Hub).

New recommendations published: screening intervals and more

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The published recommendations address:

  • how often women of different age ranges, with no symptoms who are not at high risk of breast cancer, should undertake periodic mammography screening
  • the most suitable way to invite a woman for a screening, and how to inform them of the harms and benefits
  • strategies for communicating effectively with vulnerable groups such as non-native speakers, socially disadvantaged women or those with an intellectual disability
  • the type of examination to perform in order to assess women with suspicious lesions discovered during mammography screening
  • the use of clip marking (a 2-3 mm device, visible in different imaging techniques,  placed in the breast tissue to locate where the excision needs to be made) for surgical planning in women with cancer lesion

In line with World Cancer Day's goals, these recommendations help women to be better informed and guide policymakers and healthcare professionals to plan, organise, and deliver effective and accessible breast cancer services.


  1. Recommendations from European Breast Guidelines

Keywords: European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC), breast cancer screening, recommendations