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BMJ Article on Breast Cancer Screening Effectiveness: Incredibly Flawed and Misleading

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

According to the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging, the recent breast cancer screening article (Miller et al) published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is an incredibly misleading analysis based on the deeply flawed and widely discredited Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS). The results of this BMJ study, and others resulting from the CNBSS trial, should not be used to create breast cancer screening policy as this would place a great many women at increased risk of dying unnecessarily from breast cancer.


Annals of Internal Medicine Article on Breast Cancer Screening Costs: Incomplete, Misleading and Not Helpful

Monday, February 3, 2014
The article by Cristina O’Donoghue, MD, MPH and accompanying editorial by Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH released on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine describe increased costs of mammographic screening due to adherence to ACS screening guidelines. The paper has numerous problems with its methodology and its conclusions are misleading. 

Adding Digital Breast Tomosynthesis To Mammography May Almost Double Image Interpretation Time

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital compared interpretation times for conventional screening mammography and combined tomosynthesis and mammography; they found that adding tomosynthesis increased the amount of time required to interpret a case by 47% (Radiology, January 2014, Vol. 270:1, pp. 49-56).

Screening Mammography Overdiagnosis Controversy May Be Contrived

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dec. 12 - Aunt Minnie: The controversy over the effect of mammographic screening on breast cancer mortality is largely contrived, according to study results presented on December 11 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).

Robert A. Smith, PhD, of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Dr. Stephen Duffy of Queen Mary University of London, Dr. László Tabár of Falun Central Hospital in Sweden, and colleagues examined data from four large studies on the benefits and harms of mammography screening. Smith presented their work at the symposium, which is sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
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