Breast screening – comment from the Los Angeles Times

‘Mammogram screenings don’t reduce cancer death rates, study finds: Annual mammography screenings help uncover cases of breast cancer, but they do not reduce the number of cancer deaths, according to a study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women.’

There is so much robust evidence against mammographic screening now, yet some continue to try to discredit it. One has to look deeper at the reasons for this. Vested interests play a part with some, of course, while for others who have been promoting breast screening and even campaigned to extend the screening age, it must be very difficult to do an about face. It take a big ‘man’ to admit they have been mistaken.

Meanwhile, the screening industry continues to cause more harm than benefit from overdiagnosis, overtreatment, false negatives and false positives (Marmot Report). More information is accessible from “Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health” – co-written by Dr H Gilbert Welch.

http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-breast-cancer-mammography-20140212,0,6053567.story#ixzz2tCBQPDpl

See also:
Editorial – Too much mammography: Long term follow-up does not support screening women under 60
Mette Kalager medical doctor and researcher, Hans-Olov Adami professor, Michael Bretthauer
professor
BMJ 2014;348:g1403 doi: 10.1136/bmj.g1403

and

‘Screening for breast cancer with mammography’, from the Nordic Cochrane Centre – the gold standard for research.
http://www.cochrane.dk/screening/mammography-leaflet.pdf

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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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