“More recent studies suggest that mammography screening may no longer be effective in reducing the risk of dying from breast cancer,” concludes The Cochrane Collaboration.
“Screening produces patients with breast cancer from among healthy women who would never have developed symptoms of breast cancer.
“Treatment of these healthy women increases their risk of dying, e.g. from heart disease and cancer.
“It therefore no longer seems beneficial to attend for breast cancer screening.
“In fact, by avoiding going to screening, a woman will lower her risk of getting a breast cancer diagnosis.”
(The Cochrane Collaboration, founded in 1993, is a group of scientists around the world who analyze data to try and figure out the truth about drugs and other health topics.)
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