Important Facts About Breast Cancer
For more information on the failure of breast cancer screening programmes to reduce the mortality rate read Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy, by Peter Gotzsche. Radcliffe Publishing 2012.
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast Cancer Screening: The Facts
If 2000 women are screened regularly for 10 years:
Of 2000 women (in Europe) who participate in 10 rounds of screening:
Screening can provide false reassurance. Up to 50% of cancers among women in screening programmes are detected between two screening rounds, and these interval cancers are the most dangerous.
Mammography is painful for about a third of women.
The information above is contained in a pamphlet that provides accurate information on the benefits and risks of breast cancer screening and can be accessed at: https://nordic.cochrane.org/sites/nordic.cochrane.org/files/public/uploads/images/mammography/mammography-leaflet.pdf
At the beginning of 2013, leading American cancer scientists called for a set of changes to deal with the problem of over-diagnosis and overtreatment caused by cancer screening.
Time to Stop Mammography Screening?
Canadian Medical Association Journal, 22 November 2011 accessed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3225414/pdf/1831957.pdf