Breast screening: A DCIS patient’s experience – doctors and statistics – a call for a return to professionalism

A powerful statement by someone who became a victim via screening and detection of DCIS.
http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2014/07/03/why_i_regret_my_mastectomy.html
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How much do doctors understand statistics? One prominent statistician says doctors find them confusing, which makes it difficult for patients to make informed decisions about their treatment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28166019
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‘Womens’ Imaging’ (Imaging Economics): ‘To Screen or not to Screen?’ by Leonard Berlin, MD, FACR. In a call for a return to professionalism, he writes: ‘In 2014, there remains continuing confusion, controversy, conflict, and contentiousness over the value and risks associated with screening mammography’.

He exhorts the radiological community to ‘shed its intransigence in ignoring the potential harms of screening mammography, the main one of which is overdiagnosis’, saying it is ‘time for the radiology community to automatically stop castigating any person who voices disagreement with or challenges reports extolling the benefits and minimizing the potential harms of SM’.

He also recommends 4 books for those who want to learn more about the issues.

(Leonard Berlin, MD, FACR, is a radiologist at Skokie Hospital and Professor of Radiology at Rush University and University of Illinois in Chicago.)

http://www.imagingeconomics.com/2014/07/screen-screen/

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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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