Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In their study of breast cancer-screening
programs in the United States and the United Kingdom, Dr Smith-Bindman and
colleagues1 reported that recall and negative
open surgical biopsy rates are twice as high in US settings than in the United
Kingdom but that cancer detection rates are similar. The authors concluded
that changes in mammogram screening practices should be "targeted to lowering
the recall rate."
Goodson III WH. Optimal Recall Rates Following Mammography. JAMA. 2004;291(7):821-822. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.821-b