The Risk-Benefit Calculation of Mammograms

“The Risk-Benefit Calculation of Mammograms.” By Christie Aschwanden, Slate

Last week on Slate, physician Meri Kolbrener lamented that she didn’t have a good way to explain the latest evidence on mammography to her patients. When patients ask her if they should get a mammogram, Kolbrener’s answer is, “I don’t know.” Kolbrener is correct that the . . . → Read More: The Risk-Benefit Calculation of Mammograms

Cancer Survivor or Victim of Diagnosis?

“Cancer Survivor or Victim of Diagnosis?” By H. Gilbert Welch, The New York Times

For decades women have been told that one of the most important things they can do to protect their health is to have regular mammograms. But over the past few years, it’s become increasingly clear that these screenings are not all . . . → Read More: Cancer Survivor or Victim of Diagnosis?

Routine Physicals Don't Save Lives

“Routine Physicals Don’t Save Lives.” By Charles Bankhead, MedPage Today

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 16 clinical trials involving 183,000 patients found that general health checkups, long recommended as a component of routine healthcare, had no benefit in terms of decreasing overall morbidity and mortality. There was also no demonstrated benefit to checkups for . . . → Read More: Routine Physicals Don’t Save Lives