Breast ‘cancer’ – another case of overdiagnosis?

Of course it’s likely this lady will be likely to ‘stick around for a long time’ – just as likely the so-called ‘cancer’ would never have caused a problem in her lifetime. I wonder if she knows about the rates of overdiagnosis of DCIS picked up on routine health checks – the rates of overtreatment… the risks and harms of breast screening.


Breast cancer screening leaflets mislead women , Gerd Gigerenzer, Director, Harding Centre for Risk Literacy and Centre for Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. This article contains easily understandable facts on the benefits and harms of breast screening:

  • Or take a look at the Cochrane Nordic Research Centre – because of the lack of honest information about risks and actual harms of breast screening being offered to (well) women, they wrote their own breast screening leaflet.
  • Also, there is a wealth of research links on .

or just Google ‘breast screening DCIS overdiagnosis’


About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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2 Responses to Breast ‘cancer’ – another case of overdiagnosis?

  1. Therese Taylor says:

    Another celebrity marketing mammograms and loading women onto the cancer train.

  2. bmitzi says:

    Yes, Therese. And comments that accompanied the news item were also depressingly ignorant about cancer, DCIS and breast screening.

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