Majority of Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer After Screening Mammograms get Unnecessary Treatment

More than half of breast cancers newly diagnosed in the United States are likely cases of mistaken identity that subject women to needless anxiety, treatment and expense, researchers reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Los Angeles Times reports the study also found the value of mammograms as a life-saving tool has been significantly overstated. Instead, the introduction of more effective treatments should receive most of the credit for improving survival rates among women diagnosed with breast cancer, researchers concluded.

“The mantras, ‘All cancers are life-threatening’ and ‘When in doubt, cut it out,’ require revision,” Dr. Joann G. Elmore, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington, wrote in an editorial that accompanies the study. The “well intentioned efforts” of doctors, she wrote, are exacting “collateral damage.”

Dr. Jay K. Harness has for decades counseled breast cancer patients that “time is our friend” in the care and treatment of breast cancer. Medical science is now catching up to his sage advice.

Learn more in this report from the Los Angeles Times, and from the study and accompanying editorial.

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