Dr. Karen Lindfors, a professor of radiology and chief of breast imaging at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, examines the mammogram of a patient.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
The majority of research suggests the benefits of mammography screening greatly outweigh the harms for women over age 40.
A recent Canadian trial reports breast cancer over-diagnosis rates of up to 55 per cent, from routine screening mammograms.
October is breast cancer awareness month. Women should know there is no reliable evidence that routine mammograms reduce death from breast cancer, and there's good evidence that they cause harm.
More mammography, for instance, starting at a younger age or screening more often, isn’t necessarily better.
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It’s normal for breasts to be a little bit lumpy.
Women are told it's important to self-check their breasts. But is this true?
Women with DCIS or stage 0 breast cancer have the same chance of dying from breast cancer as the rest of the population – 3.3%.
We're told that finding symptoms of disease early will prevent the more serious consequences. But for pre-cancerous lesions, also known as stage 0 breast cancer, the picture is much more complicated.
Participants and guests at a Walk for Breast Cancer decked out in pink.
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Awareness efforts can focus public attention and help scientists raise funds for research. But the impact on eradicating the disease itself and helping patients today is much less clear.
Women need to be made aware of over-diagnosis and given enough information to make up their own minds about screening.
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