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When screening is bad for a woman's health

When screening is bad for a woman's health

If you haven't gotten this message already, you should heed it now: The benefits of screening for breast cancer are limited. We should be doing fewer screening mammograms, not more. The data that support this conclusion come from studying the effects of mammography across time and place. A couple of years ago an Oregon colleague and I reported on the effect across time. We found that the initiation of widespread screening in the United States during the 1980s was associated with a substantial increase in the number of women found with early-stage breast cancer, but it didn't yield much of a decrease in the number found with serious late-stage cancer. And, remarkably, no...

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