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Screening has not reduced deaths from breast cancer, study shows

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 11 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3780
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Mammographic screening has not had any effect, so far, on breast cancer mortality at the population level in England, a new analysis concludes.

Researchers from the Department of Public Health at Oxford University analysed mortality data before and after the breast cancer screening programme was introduced in 1988.1 The research was based on data from the Oxford region between 1979 and 2009 because, unlike the rest of England, in this region all causes of death and …

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