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Advancing breast cancer screening: a call for updated policy and practice
  1. Iman Al Hashmi1,
  2. Omar Al Omari2
  1. 1College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
  2. 2Sultan Qaboos University College of Nursing, Muscat, Oman
  1. Correspondence to Dr Iman Al Hashmi, Maternal & Child Health, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman; eiman{at}

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Commentary on: Yao MM, Vy VPT, Chen TH, Hsu HH, Hsu GC, Lee CS, Lin LJ, Chia SL, Wu CC, Chan WP, Yen AM. Performance measures of 8,169,869 examinations in the National Breast Cancer Screening Program in Taiwan, 2004-2020. BMC Med. 2023 Dec 15;21(1):497. doi: 10.1186/s12916-023-03217-7.

Implications for practice and research

  • The effectiveness of Taiwan’s Breast Cancer Screening Programme provides valuable insights for health policy-makers to enhance and expand the screening initiatives for breast cancer worldwide.

  • To ensure the effectiveness of screening programmes, it is highly encouraged to use mobile units, broaden the age ranges and healthcare providers must uphold high standards of quality assurance and diagnostic accuracy.


Breast cancer continues to be a major public health concern, affecting millions of women globally each year.1 An early diagnosis using mammography is crucial for a successful treatment and better quality of life.2 Many women still do not receive regular mammography screening due to factors such as lack of awareness or limited access.3 Yao et al evaluated the impact of Taiwan’s Breast Cancer Screening …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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