Monday, 15 July 2013

Sorting through the arguments on breast screening

Sorting through the arguments on breast screening.  JAMA, 2013, 309(24), p.2553-4.

Marmot, M.G.

Views on the benefits and harms of breast cancer screening are sharply polarized and increasingly vocal. Allegations of harming women are flung in both directions. The antiscreeners claim that benefit is minimal and overdiagnosis is so frequent that women are being subject to unnecessary interventions and treatment. The proscreeners claim that if the critics win the day, women will be deprived of the benefits that screening brings of early diagnosis and reductions in mortality from breast cancer.