Do the benefits of screening mammography outweigh the harms of overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment?--no

Med J Aust. 2012 Jan 16;196(1):17. doi: 10.5694/mja11.11476.

Abstract

No. Breast cancer researchers Robin Bell and Robert Burton believe that screening can result in overdiagnosis.

MeSH terms

  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Breast Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Breast Neoplasms* / therapy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Diagnostic Errors / prevention & control*
  • Early Detection of Cancer / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography / methods*
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Morbidity
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors
  • Survival Rate
  • Unnecessary Procedures / statistics & numerical data*