Wednesday, 31st October 2012
UK: The Benefits and Harms of Breast Cancer Screening: An Independent Review
Source: Cancer Research UK
From Press Release:
Breast Screening Programmes in the UK extend lives but at a cost, according to the results of an independent review .... The Review estimated that while screening prevents about 1,300 breast cancer deaths per year, it can lead to about 4,000 women each year aged 50-70 in the UK having treatment for a condition that would never have troubled them.
The expert Panel’s report, commissioned by Cancer Research UK and the Department of Health, has concluded that – having studied all the available evidence – for each breast cancer death prevented, about three overdiagnosed cases will be identified and treated. Overdiagnosis means that a cancer was detected through screening but would not have caused a problem in the woman’s lifetime.
But, because it is not possible for either the woman or her doctor to know which screen-detected cancers are potentially fatal and which represent overdiagnosis, all will usually be treated, with the accompanying impact on quality of life and psychological well-being.
+ Direct link to report (PDF; 1.5 MB)
+ Executive Summary (PDF; 308 KB)
+ Press Release (PDF; 173 KB)
By Adrian Janes
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