The full story on breast cancer screening. But do you want to listen?

“The full story on breast cancer screening. But do you want to listen?,” by Kenneth Lin, MD, MedPage Today’s KevinMD.com.

The Men Against Breast Cancer Fund and several cancer advocacy and physician organizations have posted a petition on Change.org asking Congress to place a two-year moratorium on finalizing the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s draft recommendations on screening for breast cancer to forestall the possibility that health insurers will stop covering screening mammograms for women younger than age 50. The petition itself is riddled with misrepresentations and errors.

To those who say, as if to brook no further argument: “Screening mammography in young women saves lives, that’s all there is to it,” I respond, no, that is not all. That too-neat narrative is only a small part of the story. And it’s past time that the full story is told.

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