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Breast Cancer Screening May Lead to Overdiagnosis July 22, 2009

Posted by Dreamhealer in Breast Cancer.
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Researchers from Denmark have reported that one-third of women may be unnecessarily treated for breast cancer as a result of public screening programs that over-diagnose the disease. The results of this study appeared in an early online publication in the British Medical Journal on July 9, 2009.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States, with approximately 180,000 cases diagnosed each year. The best “treatment” for cancer is to prevent its occurrence or to detect it early when it is most treatable. As a result, screening for breast cancer has become standard for women over 40 as well as women who are at high risk of developing the disease. Read More…

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