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Campaign to publish list of overused tests, treatments

The AP reports, “Chances are you’ve heard that many expert groups say cancer screening is overused, too, from mammograms given too early or too often to prostate cancer tests that may not save lives,” but “some of the nuts-and-bolts tests given … Continue reading

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Mammograms really do reduce breast cancer deaths

HealthDay reports, “Women who get routine mammograms can lower their risk of dying from breast cancer by nearly half,” according to a Dutch study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Canadian guidelines recommend against mammograms for women in their 40’s

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that “a Canadian task force recommends” that women in their 40s should not undergo “routine mammograms.”

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Biennial mammograms reduce false positive rate

A number of media sources discussed a new study suggesting that annual mammogram screening may lead to a high false positive rate.

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Ob/Gyn group issues new guidelines recommending yearly mammograms starting at age 40

There’s been a lot of conflicting advice about when women should start getting regular mammograms. Now the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued its new guidelines: Annual mammograms starting at age 40, and self-exams for women at high … Continue reading

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Longest trial ever confirms mammograms’ benefits

Mammography screening reduces breast cancer deaths even more than most experts have long believed, according to a new, large-scale Swedish trial. In the study, with a follow-up of nearly three decades, the longest ever, the researchers found that the benefits of … Continue reading

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“Mammography Saves Lives” Slogan Doesn’t Tell Full Story and May Mislead Many Women

The current “Mammography Saves Lives” campaign in the United States and previous campaigns promoting screening for breast cancer are not providing balanced information, because they underreport, or don’t mention at all, potential harms from the procedure, say critics. One expert … Continue reading

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Physicians increasingly concerned about breast cancer campaign’s misleading message

One of my most read blogs in recent months is this one: “Nurse practitioner writes about her decision to stop getting mammograms.” Now, for a fitting follow-up, there’s an even more stunning opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times by physician … Continue reading

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Nurse practitioner writes about her decision to stop getting mammograms

Last week I blogged on the topic “Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer: What’s a Woman to Do?” That blog was somewhat technical — although I think it presented both the benefits and the risks of mammography — and the fact … Continue reading

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Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer: What’s a Woman to Do?

As I’ve discussed in a previous blog, there has been so much controversy and argument over the last few months about when women should begin mammograms and how often women should have them. The whole thing is very controversial. But, … Continue reading

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Accuracy of mammography varies by facility

  Reuters is reporting new research suggesting that the correct interpretation of mammography results varies between facilities. Moreover, there are characteristics that predict which facilities are likely to provide more accurate readings. “The most surprising finding,” according to one of … Continue reading

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