Do Screening Mammograms Cut Breast Cancer Deaths Or Lead To Overtreatment? Probably Both
TUESDAY, January 10, 2017 (Forbes)–Whether screening mammograms can lower women’s risk of women dying from breast cancer has been debated for decades.
That’s not surprising, given that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide and second only to lung cancer in developed countries such as the United States. After remaining relatively unchanged for decades, the U.S. breast cancer death rate has been falling steadily for the past quarter century (scroll down here to see a chart of the trend), but many observers, such as the authors of an October article in the New England Journal of Medicine, give most of the credit to improved treatment of the disease, none to earlier detection due to screening.
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