In June 2003 the European Parliament passed a Resolution on Breast Cancer. This Resolution, which is not legally binding for Member States of the EU, sets a target of reducing breast cancer mortality by 25% by the year 2008, and reducing the disparities in five-year-survival rates across Europe from 16% to 5% over the same time period.
It also deals in some detail with issues of screening, patients rights, treatment and training. It calls on all member states to provide screening every two years for all women between the ages of 50 and 69, and lays down minimum quality standards, including monitoring of image quality and radiation doses.
It specifies four weeks as the maximum time any woman should have to wait from diagnosis to the start of treatment, and five working days as the maximum time it should take for a woman to be told the results of any clinical examination or screening.
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