I read an interesting update on cancer screening today published in the January 2016 issue of the BMJ noting that: “A systematic review of cancer screening trials found that three (33%) showed reductions in disease specific mortality and that none showed reductions in overall mortality.” Continue reading
I’m skeptical about … screening mammograms.
In my last post about screening colonoscopies, I noted that the test harms 7 to 8 people for every one that benefits, but the harms are likely justified given that colonoscopy also has the capacity to prevent future cancers through polyp removal. I’m afraid the numbers for screening mammography in asymptomatic women to look for breast cancer are far worse. Here, it’s hard to make a case for universal screening. Continue reading