By Winnifred B. Cutler, PhD, Athena Institute for Women's Wellness, James Kolter, MD, FACOG, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Catherine Chambliss, PhD, Ursinus CollegeCopyright ©2018 Athena Institute for Women's Wellness, inc
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Benefits of screening for the early detection of diseases, including breast cancers have been widely promoted over the last 20 years. Recently a growing body of research systematically questions benefits by asserting that "overtreatment of overdiagnosed conditions" is actually doing substantial harm. Patients can be harmed, and economies divert resources into unjustified testing and treatments that cannot withstand scrutiny.
This presentation will examine the harms of mammograms: the associated 20-fold increase in DCIS, doubling the rate of invasive breast cancer diagnoses, its failure to reduce mortality, and the harms to patient health and well-being. The widely marketed statement that early detection saves lives is based on distorted data: swelling the denominator by incorrectly including overdiagnosed cases in the calculation of 'mortality rate'.
Finally, the 7 behavioral practices that can dramatically reduce the diagnosis of breast cancer will be described and strongly endorsed.
Screening does not actually save lives.16
Screening has not reduced total mortality.1
Total mortality from breast cancer has been less than 1.2% regardless of screening.1
Long term follow up showed no mortality benefit of repeated screening of women.1
Short term studies inflated by overdiagnosis appear to reduce mortality.
Radiation related Propotional risks of Death from Ischemic Heart Disease and Major Coronary Event.
Coronary Effects from radiation treatment
Side Effects of Cancer Treatment Drugs
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The greatest magnitude in risk reduction is attributable to 7 behaviors:2