Choosing whether to continue or stop mammography screening at 70

Women who have gone for mammography screening in recent years and who are now approaching 70 years of age are advised to consider both benefits and harms of continuing to be screened. But doing this may be difficult for individual women. This decision aid has been developed to help women make this decision using the best available evidence.

The decision aid has been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial, conducted jointly by researchers at the University of Sydney and BreastScreen NSW. The trial found that women who used the decision aid were better informed and more were able to make an informed choice (73.5% vs 48.8%, p<0.0001) about whether to continue or stop screening. The decision aid did not increase anxiety. To our knowledge this is the first trial of a mammography screening decision aid in the world.

For further information:

A decision aid for women aged 70 and older at their next screening mammogram (pdf)

Knowledge questions used to evaluate the Decision Aid (pdf)