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Abolishing Mammography Screening Programs? A View from the Swiss Medical Board

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  • The Swiss Medical Board has recommended that no new systematic mammography screening programs be introduced, and a time limit should be placed on existing programs
  • Their review of mammography screening found the recommendations are based on outdated studies and the benefits do not outweigh the risks to women
  • One of the largest and longest studies of mammography to date found that mammograms have absolutely no positive impact on breast cancer mortality while 22 percent of women screened will be exposed to false positives and unnecessary treatment
  • For women with dense breasts, mammograms are even less effective at accurately detecting cancer, while women with BRCA 1/2 mutation may be especially vulnerable to mammography radiation
  • It’s important to remember that early diagnosis is not the same as prevention, which is best achieved through healthful lifestyle changes

By Dr. Mercola

Last year, the Swiss Medical Board, an independent health technology assessment initiative, was asked to prepare a review of mammography screening. The team of experts on the board included a medical ethicist, a clinical epidemiologist, a pharmacologist, an oncologic surgeon, a nurse scientist, a lawyer, and a health economist.


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