Alternative modalities being promoted for breast screening
CITATION: Edge, J. & Roodt, L. 2018. Alternative modalities being promoted for breast screening. South African Medical Journal, 108(12):1010-1011, doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2018.v108i12.13679.
The original publication is available at http://www.samj.org.za
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: is a political issue as much as a medical one, and although there is an enormous amount of literature looking at the benefits of the standard modalities, there is no consensus about the efficacy of screening. South Africa (SA) does not have a national mammographic breast screening programme. There are both economic and logistical reasons for this. The absence of a policy has resulted in alternative modalities being promoted as plausible substitutes. If a new modality is to be used for screening/symptomatic evaluation of the breasts, it should be compared with any of the established and well-researched existing modalities. This editorial serves to highlight some of the problems with the three commonest modalities being promoted in this country at present.