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There’s a deep uncertainty about both the benefits and the harms of breast cancer screening as it is practiced today. Tips Times/Flickr

Growing uncertainty about breast cancer screening

When they were introduced over 20 years ago, national breast screening programs were a milestone in public health. They were based on evidence from randomised trials that screening saved lives. But there…
There’s virtually no difference in cancer incidence between women aged 20-24 years who screened are and those who are not. Spirit-Fire/Flickr

Cervical cancer screening shouldn’t start until 25

Women in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will all soon be advised to start screening for cervical cancer at 25 years, and those aged between 50 and 64 years to screen every five years rather…
Whatever the specific cause of ADHD-like behaviours for a particular child, it’s the people and institutions around them that define it as problematic. Katy Stoddard

We need a different national conversation about ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most diagnosed childhood disorder in Australia. Most of us now know someone, or someone’s child, who has been diagnosed with ADHD. Reports on television…
Over-diagnosis distracts us with conditions and interventions that provide marginal benefit, no benefit, or even net harm. Jonathan Cohen

Ending over-diagnosis: how to help without harming

OVER-DIAGNOSIS EPIDEMIC - In the final instalment of our series, Paul Glasziou talks about the way forward. Over-diagnosis is a significant problem that’s already common in some areas of medicine, such…

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