January 9, 2017

THE KEY TO HEALTH REFORM IS REDUCING CONSUMPTION:

Study Casts More Doubt on Value of Mammograms (Dennis Thompson, 1/09/17, HealthDay News) 

Mammograms frequently detect small breast tumors that might never become life-threatening, causing women to receive treatment they likely don't need, a new Danish study finds.

About one in every three women between the ages of 50 and 69 who was diagnosed with breast cancer wound up having a tumor that posed no immediate threat to her health, the researchers reported.

At the same time, mammography did not reduce the number of advanced breast cancers found in women in the study.

"This means that breast screening is unlikely to improve breast cancer survival or reduce the use of invasive surgery," said study author Dr. Karsten Juhl Jorgensen, deputy director of research for the Nordic Cochrane Center at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.

Posted by at January 9, 2017 6:07 PM

  

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