Breast screening – who wants to hear about overdiagnosis?

Here’s a thoughtful paper that helps to explain misunderstandings and attitudes towards overdiagnosis – and why ‘we do not hear people complaining about having endured radiation, chemotherapy and a lumpectomy. What we hear instead is “Thank goodness I had a mammogram and caught it early”’:

The New England Journal of Medicine.
Medicine and Society.
Invisible Risks, Emotional Choices — Mammography
and Medical Decision Making
Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D.

n engl j med 371;16 nejm.org october 16, 2014 1549

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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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