The previously published online NEJM ‘Perspective’ paper, ‘Abolishing Mammography Screening Programmes? A View from the Swiss Medical Board’, has today been published in hard copy. Nikola Biller-Andorno, M.D., Ph.D., and Peter Jüni, M.D. NEJM, 22 May 2014.
It contains an illustrated comparison of women’s perception of the effect of mammography with the REAL effects of mammography.
The authors write: ‘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… 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.’
Information is conveyed using graphics, words and figures. If information given out by screening programmes used all these methods, maybe more people would understand why breast screening (regular use of mammography on women who have no symptoms) is not the life-saver it is promoted to be.