Breast screening: overdiagnosis in Denmark

Yet more proof of overdiagnosis: a paper estimating overdiagnosis in Denmark, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, concluded:

‘Breast cancer screening was not associated with a reduction in the incidence of advanced cancer. It is likely that 1 in every 3 invasive tumors and cases of DCIS diagnosed in women offered screening represent overdiagnosis.’

Breast Cancer Screening in Denmark: a Cohort Study of Tumor Size and Overdiagnosis. Karsten Juhl Jorgensen, Peter C Gotzsche, Mette Kalager, Per-Hendrik Zahl

http://annals.org/aim/article/2596394/breast-cancer-screening-denmark-cohort-study-tumor-size-overdiagnosis

An editorial by Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society covers this important paper.

http://annals.org/aim/article/2597574/accepting-existence-breast-cancer-overdiagnosis

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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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