Breast Cancer

Downside to screening

Screening for breast cancer has a downside. In the UK the NHS invites about two million women a year for mammography. It is estimated that the regular breast screening saves 1,400 lives each year by picking it up early. However, the tests can also find benign abnormalities, which are estimated to lead up to 4,000 women having gruelling and invasive treatment unnecessarily.
Extracted from The Times, Saturday June 8 2013

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