How Harmful is Screening Mammography?
The “harms” of mammography screening — widely cited as justification for raising the mammography screening age in the U.S. — just aren’t that harmful, according to a presentation this week at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) meeting in San Antonio.
In a session given Wednesday morning, Dr. Michael Linver, from X-Ray Associates of New Mexico, outlined the relative risk of screening mammography for session attendees, in direct response to the harms cited by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) as evidence for their 2009 guidance that raised the recommended age to begin mammography screening.
“There are risks to screening for breast cancer, just as there are in any other test in medicine,” Linver said. “These cannot be trivialized, but they pale when compared to the real harm of not screening.”
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