The documents looks at the benefits and potential harm of the process.
The opening summary of the document has some figures:
“If 2000 women are screened regularly for 10 years, one will benefit from the screening, as she will avoid dying from breast cancer.
At the same time, 10 healthy women will, as a consequence, become cancer patients and will be treated unnecessarily. These women will have either a part of their breast or the whole breast removed, and they will often receive radiotherapy, and sometimes chemotherapy.
Furthermore, about 200 healthy women will experience a false alarm. The psychological strain until one knows whether or not it was cancer, and even afterwards, can be severe.”
NOTE: I added the highlights for emphasis.
Those figures are a startling, but it is also ”old” data. Since then, new studies have suggested that modern screening “may no longer be effective in reducing the risk of ding from breast cancer”.
Now that statement is astounding. The reasoning behind it is that screening finds problems that would never develop into cancer, yet those women are treated for cancer. The cancer treatments given to these women are then more likely to cause death through cancer and heart disease.
The article offers facts and figures for the claims it makes. It’s shocking and may change your mind about getting screened.
Read the full document.