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Study: US Spends $4B a Year from False-Positive Mammograms and Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis

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  • Every year in the US, $4 billion is spent on false-positive mammograms and breast cancer overdiagnosis
  • Rates of false-positive results are as high as 20-56 percent after 10 mammograms
  • Diagnosis and treatment of early stage cancer like ductal carcinoma in situ, or D.C.I.S., is controversial because it often causes no health problems

By Dr. Mercola

A mammogram, which is an x-ray of your breasts, is offered by conventional medicine as the best "prevention" strategy for breast cancer. The idea is that by detecting potential cancer early on, it is easier to treat and therefore should be less dangerous and, ultimately, less deadly.


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