Benefits of mammography in women aged 50-69 outweigh risks, says expert panel

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 04 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3055
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The benefits of mammography screening in terms of reduced breast cancer mortality in women aged 50-69 more than outweigh the risks, including false positive results and the effects of radiation exposure, a report has found.1

An expert panel convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer compiled the report after reviewing the available evidence. The group of 29 independent experts from 16 countries assessed methods of screening for breast cancer in terms of their efficacy in preventing cancer and of their adverse effects. They reviewed all published studies of …

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