Recommendations on Breast Cancer Screening

The ECIBC is developing recommendations for breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Over the course of the next two years, approximately 90 evidenced-based recommendations regarding screening and diagnosis will be developed and published on this site as they become available. Supplemental recommendations will be developed and updated as new evidence and priorities emerge. Future recommendations will cover other aspects of breast cancer.

European women's probability of developing breast cancer over a lifetime is approximately 1 in 8*. A woman's individual risk of breast cancer may be higher or lower than this average, depending on a number of factors, including age, family history, reproductive history (such as menstrual and childbearing history), race/ethnicity, and others.

Currently, four screening recommendations are available online. Each recommendation is specifically tailored to the needs of citizens and patients, health professionals, and policy makers. All recommendations are based on the female population at 'average' and 'below average' risk of developing breast cancer. To assess your own individual risk of developing breast cancer, consult your healthcare provider.

Recommendations can be displayed based on the three profiles on the left. Please choose the one that best describes you.

Data presentation generated with GRADEpro, developed by Evidence Prime Inc.

*This estimate is not intended for determining individual risk as it is only a measure of the average lifetime risk of developing breast cancer within the female population within each country (CI5 2013).