Breast Cancer Screening: Let Evidence Trump Fear

“Breast Cancer Screening: Let Evidence Trump Fear,” by Lisa Simpson and Shannon Brownlee, Health Affairs Blog.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force’s latest draft report on the potential benefits and harms of mammography screening was met by outcries from radiologists and others that thousands of women would die if the recommendations were followed. The . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Screening: Let Evidence Trump Fear

I’m just saying no to mammography: Why the numbers are in my favor

“I’m just saying no to mammography: Why the numbers are in my favor.” By Christie Aschwanden, The Washington Post.

A few days after my 40th birthday, I had a routine appointment with my gynecologist. As she turned to leave the exam room, she handed me a slip of paper without saying a word. It was . . . → Read More: I’m just saying no to mammography: Why the numbers are in my favor

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

“Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer.” By Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times Magazine.

I used to believe that a mammogram saved my life. I even wrote that in the pages of this magazine. It was 1996, and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a . . . → Read More: Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

Patients with life expectancy of less than 10 years derive little benefit from screening

“Time lag to benefit after screening for breast and colorectal cancer: meta-analysis of survival data from the United States, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Denmark. By S.J. Lee and colleagues, British Medical Journal.

Clinical practice guidelines recommend targeting breast and colorectal cancer screening to healthy older patients who have a substantial life expectancy. Cancer screening is . . . → Read More: Patients with life expectancy of less than 10 years derive little benefit from screening

Research Brief: “How a charity oversells mammography”

Professors Steven Woloshin, MD, and Lisa M. Schwartz, MD, of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, published “How a charity oversells mammography” in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) [2012;345:e5132] that criticized the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure for exaggerating and . . . → Read More: Research Brief: “How a charity oversells mammography”