What are European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) screening guidelines?

Updated: Feb 04, 2021
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) screening guidelines include the following recommendations for women age 40-74 years who are at average risk of breast cancer [176] :

  • Age 40-44: no screening 
  • Age 45-49: screening every 2 or 3 years
  • Age 50-69: screening every 2 years
  • Age 70-74: screening every 3 years

In addition, for asymptomatic women with an average risk for breast cancer, screening with digital mammography is recommended over DBT for breast cancer screening. The guidelines also suggest that screening with digital mammography alone is preferred over screening with both DBT and digital mammography. [176]

For women with dense breast tissue and negative mammography findings, ECIBC suggests not implementing tailored screening with automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS), hand-held ultrasound (HHUS), or MRI. [176]

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