Breast screening – information from the Guardian

Dr Dillner’s Health Dilemmas in the Guardian (16 Feb) poses the questions ‘Should I have a mammogram?’ and ‘Is it worth going through the discomfort of a mammogram? It refers to the new study from the Swiss Medical Board which shows breast cancer screening is no more effective than self-examination. And self examination does not result in overdiagnosis and overtreatment – which is considerable as far as mammography screening is concerned.

NB Although self examination on a regular basis eg weekly or monthly has been shown to result in extra biopsies – so it’s ‘breast awareness’ that is being promoted, rather than ‘self examination’ (yes, you have to examine in order to be aware, but the best advice seems to be not to examine regularly!)

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/16/should-i-have-a-mammogram

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