Inside Story: Screen wars

A battle is raging over breast screening programmes, with some experts claiming they may lead to overdiagnosis and do more harm than good. Susan Mitchell reports.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
3rd August, 2013
A patient getting a mammogram. Photo: Getty

Breast cancer is arguably the most important cancer for a non-smoking woman to worry about. For decades, women have been told that one of the most important things they can do to protect their health is to have regular mammograms. Breast cancer awareness programmes tell us that, the earlier a breast cancer is detected, the better the chance of survival.

However, a growing number of doctors and researchers are questioning the benefits of preventative screenings....

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