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Professor of Medicine, Gilbert Welch, MD, says benefits of screening for breast cancer are limited

Monday, July 20, 2015

In a Los Angeles Times (7/20) op-ed, H. Gilbert Welch, a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, writes, “If you haven’t gotten this message already, you should heed it now: The benefits of screening for breast cancer are limited.” Welch argues, “We should be doing fewer screening mammograms, not more

Response: SBI President, Elizabeth Morris, MD and ACR Breast Commission Chair, Debra Monticcilo, MD

Commentary on Breast Cancer Screening, Incidence, and Mortality Across US Counties

Response: The real truth about mammograms

Radiation From Mammography May Be Lower Than Originally Believed

Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Oregonian (7/16, Terry) reports that research suggests that “radiation from mammography may be lower than originally” believed.

HealthDay (7/16, Norton) reports that investigators “created a model of breast anatomy based on CT scans from 219 women – who ranged in age, ethnicity and breast density.” The study “estimate[d] that the radiation dose from a screening mammogram is anywhere from 20 percent to 35 percent lower than previously” believed. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. 

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