Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Study: Increased Use Of Mammograms To Screen For Breast Cancer Has Not Saved Lives

The Los Angeles Times (7/7, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that “the increased use of mammograms to screen for breast cancer has subjected more women to invasive medical treatments but has not saved lives.” Investigators “examined data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry.”       

The Washington Post (7/7, Cha) “To Your Health” blog reports that the investigators “found that the number of breast cancer diagnoses rose with more aggressive screenings,” but “the number of deaths remained the same.”

On its website, NBC News (7/7, Fox) reports that the researchers “also found more screening did not reduce the rate of larger breast tumors, defined as those 2 cm or larger.” Also covering the story are Reuters (7/7, Staff), OBGYN News (7/7), HealthDay(7/7, Thompson), and Vox (7/7). 

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