“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 science on mammography is difficult to frame as a yes/no decision, but there is a more helpful way to answer the question. The decision about whether to get mammograms comes down to this: How much harm are you willing to risk in return for a very small chance that you might achieve a very large benefit—that benefit being your life, saved?

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