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Breast cancer screening: one life saved at a cost of three overdiagnoses

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7460 (Published 05 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7460

An independent expert panel estimated the risks and benefits of screening for breast cancer in the UK, where women aged 50-70 years are invited for mammography every three years. It seems that for every 235 women who are invited for screening, or every 180 women who are screened, one life is saved, but three women are diagnosed and treated for a …

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