It’s all stacking up

Another article (from the USA this time) about overdiagnosis and overtreatment of women with breast cancer – and about how women with advanced cancer derive little benefit from the screening programme.

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Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1206809?query=TOC

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2 comments

  1. Well, this says it in no uncertain terms, doesn’t it? Does it mean that screening is useless, then? I still can’t get it clear in my own mind!

    • Diagnostic mammography is not useless, of course – that’s having a mammogram if you have a symptom that needs checking. But this is just another piece of evidence which suggests that routine screening for women who don’t have symptoms is more harmful than not. And possibly a huge waste of money. Though of course, in the USA where this piece of research was done, it’s in the financial interests of the medics to screen and treat. At least we don’t have that pressure here in the UK.


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