Physician says breast cancer screening offers limited benefits

In an essay in the New York Times, Dr. Susan Love, president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, writes that “in reality, we still do not know what causes breast cancer, which means we really do not know how to prevent it, either,” which means that physicians must look “for cancers that are already there.”

Love writes that while “the original screening study done in the 1950s on postmenopausal women in New York demonstrated a 30-percent decrease in deaths from breast cancer,” all these years “later, the success rate of screening remains nearly the same, even with much better imaging.”

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