Have mammograms been oversold? Study claims breast cancer screenings more often detect harmless tumors than real warning signs

A new study questions the value of mammograms for breast cancer screening. 
It concludes that a woman is more likely to be diagnosed with a small tumor that is not destined to grow than she is to have a true problem spotted early.
The work could further shift the balance of whether screening's harms outweigh its benefits.  
Screening is only worthwhile if it finds cancers that would kill, and if treating them early improves survival versus treating when or if they ever cause symptoms. 
Treatment has improved so much over the years that detecting cancer early has become less important.... read more

12 October 2016 in Health, Views: 40
Source: Daily Mail

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