Why Mammograms Are Vastly Oversold & Mammography Risks

Early detection through mammography is the annual clarion call of pink-ribboned Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns. October 21 is National Mammography Day — a day during which women are barraged with reminders that getting a mammogram could save their life. However, little effort has been made to educate women about the crucial differences between non-malignant lesions […]

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Topol: Time to End Routine Mammography

Mammography Is a Recipe for Net Harm The medical community prides itself on evidence to drive important decision-making. But when the evidence is contrary to entrenched medical practice, it has a hard time coming to terms. Such is the case for mammography recommendations. All of the data now available point to significant net harm—far more […]

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Screening for Breast Cancer: An Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Background: This systematic review is an update of evidence since the 2002 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation on breast cancer screening. Purpose: To determine the effectiveness of mammography screening in decreasing breast cancer mortality among average-risk women aged 40 to 49 years and 70 years or older, the effectiveness of clinical breast examination and […]

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Topol: Time to End Routine Mammography

The medical community prides itself on evidence to drive important decision-making. But when the evidence is contrary to entrenched medical practice, it has a hard time coming to terms. Such is the case for mammography recommendations. All of the data now available point to significant net harm—far more risk than benefit— for routine mammography. If […]

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Our Feel Good War on Breast Cancer

I used to believe that a mammogram saved my life. I even wrote that in the pages of this magazine. It was 1996, and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a relatively common practice at the time — that would serve as a base line when […]

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Another Mammography Study Finds They Don’t Save Lives

There are already more than enough reasons for ‘pink’ to make you see red, not the least of which is the notion that exposing the healthy breasts of asymptomatic women to breast-cancer causing x-ray radiation for ‘early detection’ is the best form of ‘prevention.’ But now, adding to the growing awareness that mammograms don’t make […]

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