Cochrane review on screening for breast cancer with mammography

Lancet. 2001 Oct 20;358(9290):1340-2. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(01)06449-2.


In 2000, we reported that there is no reliable evidence that screening for breast cancer reduces mortality. As we discuss here, a Cochrane review has now confirmed and strengthened our previous findings. The review also shows that breast-cancer mortality is a misleading outcome measure. Finally, we use data supplemental to those in the Cochrane review to show that screening leads to more aggressive treatment.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography*
  • Mass Screening*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Review Literature as Topic*
  • Risk Factors