Review finds mammography's benefits overplayed, harms dismissed

NPR, April 2, 2014

Two months ago, a widely publicized Canadian study found that mammograms did not reduce breast cancer deaths, but that study was fiercely criticized by the nation's radiologists as "incredibly flawed and misleading." A few weeks earlier, an analysis found that screening all women annually starting at age 40, as the American Cancer Society recommends, costs $6.5 billion more a year more than following the U.S. Preventive Service's Task Force recommendation that women be screened every other year starting at age 50. Now, the latest entries — two studies that try to put all the previous research on mammography's harms and benefits in perspective.


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