July 2, 2020 — Dr. László Tabár, a radiologist and oncologist from Falun, Sweden, is known worldwide as the “father” of mammography screening. He is certainly one of the key people behind the current national screening program for breast cancer in Sweden, but his research has also formed the basis for the introduction of screening programs in many other countries.
In this interview, Tabár shares the fascinating story of why he has dedicated the past 50 years of his life to introducing and improving mammography screening, and thereby reducing mortality in breast cancer — a journey colored by groundbreaking research results and success but also by opposition and a struggle to convince authorities of the benefits.
He gives us the story behind the introduction of mammography screening in Sweden and the intriguing results shown in two of his latest studies, published in 2018 and 2020, proving the benefits of screening independent of treatment regime — something he calls “one of the greatest accomplishments in clinical cancer research during the past 50 years.”
Dr. László Tabár in action by his breast imaging PACS workstation. Images courtesy of Dr. László Tabár.