The PROCAS study, led by Professor Gareth Evans and funded by the NIHR, has recruited 60,000 women One in nine women in the UK is affected by breast cancer during their lifetime.
Every woman over the age of 47 years is offered screening by mammography in an attempt to detect breast cancer at a very early stage and so improve treatment outcomes. undergoing breast cancer screening by mammography. The study will use the images from the mammograms and genetic results to determine how likely women are to develop breast cancer and to tailor their screening appropriately. Women at low risk will require less frequent checks, whereas women at high risk will receive counselling, more regular follow up and chemopreventative strategies. This is the largest study of its kind in the UK, and the results could impact on the whole NHS Breast Screening Programme. By incorporating this process of personal risk assessment into routine screening practice we can predict and prevent more breast cancers in the future.