Quality Assurance Guidelines for Breast Pathology Services
July 2011 (2nd edition) | ISBN 978 1 84463 072 1
Although the primary method of screening for breast cancer is radiological rather than pathological, the quality of pathology services is of crucial importance as the definitive diagnosis of cancer is almost invariably made by pathologists. It is essential, therefore, not only for them to distinguish cancer from benign conditions, but for all pathologists (including those working in the symptomatic breast services) to report histological features of prognostic significance consistently. This will ensure that screening programmes are properly monitored and that all patients are treated appropriately.
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