Launch of Atlas of Breast Cancer Early Detection

The atlas is a step-by-step guide to the procedure of clinical breast examination and its interpretation, diagnostic mammography, diagnostic breast ultrasound, image-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology, and core biopsy of the breast.

The atlas includes nearly 1000 freely available annotated images and videos and 186 case studies. It is a substantial resource for general practitioners, nurses, radiology and pathology technicians, surgeons, gynaecologists, radiologists, and pathologists involved in the detection of various benign and malignant breast conditions. Medical students, nursing students, and trainee technicians will also benefit greatly from this new resource.

The World Health Organization’s Global Breast Cancer Initiative, which was launched in 2021, sets a target for health systems to complete evaluation, imaging, and tissue diagnosis of women who have symptoms within 60 days. The other targets are to achieve diagnosis of at least 60% of invasive breast cancers at stage I or II and to ensure that at least 80% of women with breast cancer undergo comprehensive treatment without abandonment. The Atlas of Breast Cancer Early Detection will be a great support to this global initiative.

View the Atlas of Breast Cancer Early Detection