With Breast Cancer Screening, Doing Something Better Than Doing Nothing?

Doctors and medical organizations often advise that past a certain age, older adults can forgo various screening tests for cancer. But many patients, no matter how old or sick they may be, are reluctant to abandon tests they’ve long been told can be lifesaving, according to this report in the New York Times.

A new online survey published in JAMA, of randomly selected participants clearly showed that women are more aware of the benefits of mammography screening than its harms.

If, for example, a mammogram falsely detects a lesion — a not infrequent occurrence — the false-positive result may cause not only serious emotional distress but also lead to a surgical biopsy, which carries its own risks. And by the time they’ve had 10 mammograms, nearly half of women will experience a false-positive finding.

Read more about mammogram screening guidelines, and mammography benefits and harms, in the New York Times, and in the study published in JAMA.

This entry was posted in Doctor-Patient Relationship, Early Detection, Information Strength, Mammograms, Newly diagnosed breast cancer, Research News, We Live You®: The Latest and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.