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New Research Suggests Benefits of Mammography May Be Overstated While Risks Are Underestimated

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  • Two new studies cast further doubt about the effectiveness and safety of routine screening mammograms for preventing lethal breast cancer
  • One study finds mammogram screening has significantly increased rates of breast cancer, both early-stage (lower lethality) and later-stage (higher lethality)
  • The decline in breast cancer mortality has resulted from more effective treatments, not earlier detection
  • Using mammography as a screening tool has failed miserably, increasing “overdiagnosis harm” from unnecessary treatments, surgeries and emotional stress
  • Even the National Cancer Institute has suggested narrowing the definition of “cancer” due to the inherent risks associated with overtreatment

By Dr. Mercola

Mammograms are in the news again. Former "Good Morning America" host Joan Lunden recently announced she was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer – two weeks after a mammogram gave her a clean bill of health. The diagnosis was made via ultrasound, which revealed a lump the mammogram had missed.


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