Mammography screening – a view from the Swiss Medical Board

“It is easy to promote mammography screening if the majority of women believe that it prevents or reduces the risk of getting breast cancer and saves many lives through early detection of aggressive tumors.4 We would be in favor of mammography screening if these beliefs were valid. Unfortunately, they are not, and we believe that women need to be told so. From an ethical perspective, a public health program that does not clearly produce more benefits than harms is hard to justify. Providing clear, unbiased information, promoting appropriate care, and preventing overdiagnosis and overtreatment would be a better choice.” – excerpt from ‘Abolishing Mammography Screening Programs? A view from the Swiss Medical Board’. Nikola Biller-Andorno, M.D., Ph.D., and Peter Jüni, M.D. NEJM, 16 April 2014.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1401875?query=TOC&

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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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