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Mammography is no better than physical examination, study shows

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:785
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. 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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