Nicolien T. Van Ravesteyn, Clyde B. Schechter , Aimee M. Stoto, Gerrit Draisma, Harry J. De Koning, Jeanne S. Background: U.
How Mammograms Improve Survival but Not Mortality
How Mammograms Improve Survival but Not Mortality - The Atlantic
Metrics details. The objective of our meta-analysis and systematic review was to analyze non-breast cancer mortality in women screened with mammography versus non-screened women to determine whether there is excess mortality caused by screening. We included randomized controlled trials with non-breast cancer mortality as the main endpoint. Two authors independently assessed trial quality and extracted data. The meta-analysis did not reveal excess non-breast cancer mortality caused by screening. The all-cause death rate was not significantly reduced by screening when compared to the rate observed in unscreened women. However, mammography screening does not seem to induce excess mortality.
X-ray examination of all women's breasts with the aim of discovering breast cancer, so-called mammography screening, saves the lives of many women each year in that tumors are found early and can therefore be treated early. However, a lower age limit for mammography screening is necessary, as younger women run a lower risk of developing breast cancer, which means that more women would have to undergo mammography in order to save the corresponding number of lives. What's more, mammography works less well in younger women. Only deaths caused by breast cancer in the ages of were counted.
Latest Issue. Past Issues. About 16 million breast x-rays mammograms are done every year in the U. A large, long-term study came out late yesterday in a major medical journal, BMJ , that says mammography may be a waste of time and money.