Kristen Sparrow • November 28, 2012
From the recent New England Journal of Medicine, their conclusion from examining the data
“Although it is not certain which women have been affected, the imbalance suggests that there is substantial overdiagnosis, accounting for nearly a third of all newly diagnosed breast cancers, and that screening is having, at best, only a small effect on the rate of death from breast cancer.”
We’ve discussed the mammography quandary here, here, here and here.
An excellent discussion of the controversy here. One of their takes,
“In other words, mammograms increased diagnoses and surgeries, but didn’t save lives—exactly what the researchers behind last week’s observational study concluded.
It is affirming to see this newest study. But it raises an awkward question: why would a major medical journal publish an observational study about the effects of screening mammography years after randomized trials have answered the question? Perhaps it is because many doctors and patients continue to ignore the science on mammograms.”
“Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence
… We estimated that in 2008, breast cancer was overdiagnosed in more than 70,000 women; this accounted for 31% of all breast cancers diagnosed.