Breast screening – false reassurance

A previous questionnaire survey of 1000 women showed that women not offered screening reported higher levels of negative psychosocial aspects than women offered screening.

A follow-up study of the same women has investigated whether the identified difference in reported psycho social aspects has changed (reduced or disappeared) after implementation of a nationwide breast screening programme.

Research from Copenhagen University has concluded that though implementation of a breast cancer screening programme provides reassurance for invited women, this reassurance is ‘in contrast to the unbalanced proportion between the intended benefits and the unintended harms of the programme’.

Breast Cancer Screening Implementation and Reassurance. Jenny Ostero, Volkert Siersma, John Brodersen. The European Journal of Public Health, June 20, 2013. 1-6.

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About bmitzi

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