Strong report questions effectiveness of breast cancer screening — but needed a discussion of study limitations

“Strong report questions effectiveness of breast cancer screening — but needed a discussion of study limitations” by Health News Review.

Health News Review (HNR) evaluates health news using systematic criteria to assess the extent to which a news story uses adequately addresses evidence.

HNR argues that a growing body of evidence suggests that screening mammography is not as beneficial as once thought. But information questioning the benefits of screening mammography usually receives widespread criticism from screening advocates, which adds to confusion for many women on whether mammography is beneficial and necessary. Stories that clearly explain the findings of new research, and place the results in context with other research and expert guidelines, are therefore valuable to women who are contemplating whether to be screened and at what age. Read about how HNR reviewers evaluated a story reporting on a new study in JAMA looking at breast cancer screening rates across hundreds of counties in the United States.

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