Mammography is no better than physical examination, study showsBMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7264.785 (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:785
- Deborah Josefson
- San Francisco
Careful physical breast examination is as effective as screening mammography in reducing mortality from breast cancer in women aged over 50, according to a new study (Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2000;92:1490-9).
The second Canadian national breast screening study found that mammography detected breast cancers earlier than physical breast examination, but surprisingly, earlier detection did not translate into a survival advantage.
The Canadian study, led by Dr Anthony Miller and colleagues at the University of Toronto, followed …
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