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Letters Breast screening overdiagnosis

Stop treating indolent lesions

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3256
  1. Andy Evans, consultant radiologist and director, Nottingham International Breast Education Centre1,
  2. Eleanor Cornford, consultant radiologist1,
  3. Jonathan James, consultant radiologist1
  1. 1Breast Institute, City Campus, Nottingham NG5 1PB
  1. andrew.evans{at}

    Jørgensen and Gøtzsche estimate overdiagnosis by mammographic screening programmes to be 52%, making assumptions about incidence changes from age groups too young to be screened.1 But Zackrisson et al measured the rate as 10%.2 That Jørgensen and Gøtzsche did not discuss or reference this study is surprising.

    In the accompanying …

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