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February 18, 2004

Optimal Recall Rates Following Mammography

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(7):821-822. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.821-b

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."