The road (better) less travelled?

The known harms and risks of harm of screening mammography do not usually include risk incurred in travel to be screened. However, a study by William Osmun and Julie Copeland published in ‘Rural and Remote Health’ 14 February 2013 answers the question: ‘How far must a Canadian woman travel before the risk of a motor vehicle accident (MVA) outweighs the benefits of mammography screening?’.

The result varied according to the province in which a woman lives (location) and her age; the conclusion was that the benefits of screening can be outweighed by the risk of travel and knowledge of travel risk is essential before recommending screening procedures. More fascinating reading including tables and discussion can be found at:


About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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