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Examining the Evidence

Is “overdiagnosis” of breast cancer common among women screened by mammography?

January 2013 · Vol. 25, No. 1
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To reduce deaths from cancer, screening should achieve two goals:

  • It should lead to earlier detection of tumors likely to be fatal
  • It should lead to better outcomes after treatment of these tumors.

In other words, effective screening increases the incidence of cancers identified at an early stage (when they have a better prognosis) as it reduces the incidence of malignancies detected at a late stage.

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