Re-attendance after false-positive screening mammography: a population-based study in the Netherlands

W. Setz-Pels*, L. E. M. Duijm, J. W. Coebergh, M. Rutten, J. Nederend, A. C. Voogd

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Background: In the current study, mammography adherence of women who had experienced a false-positive referral is evaluated, with emphasis on the probability of receiving surveillance mammography outside the national screening programme. Methods: We included 424 703 consecutive screens and collected imaging, biopsy and surgery reports of 3463 women who experienced a false-positive referral. Adherence to screening, both in and outside the screening programme, was evaluated. Results: Two years after the false-positive referral, overall screening adherence was 94.6%, with 64.7% of women returning to the national screening programme, compared with 94.9% of women re-attending the screening programme after a negative screen (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2044-2050
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2013


  • screening mammography
  • false-positive referral
  • re-attendance

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