Did you know…
Switzerland is Phasing Out Mammography Screening
The Swiss Medical Board released a report of its findings in 2014 and concluded:
- no new systematic screening mammography programs should be introduced,
- all forms of mammography screening must be evaluated for quality,
- women must be given clear and balanced information on the benefits and harms of screening,
- systematic mammography screening programs in Switzerland–due to the tool’s limited utility for reducing mortality and the increased likelihood of harm from overdiagnosis and overtreatment—should be phased out.
Weighed against the slight benefit of repeated screening were the harms of increased biopsies and the overdiagnosis of breast cancers that would never have produced symptoms in a person’s lifetime or become clinically relevant. Overdiagnosis can increase the impact of cancer on quality of life and longevity because it leads to overtreatment, exposing patients to potential harms without offering any benefits. – Abolishing Mammography Screening Programs? A View from the Swiss Medical Board, Gayle Sulik PhD, April 30th, 2014
Listen to Peter Gotzsche explain why “Screening Doesn’t Save Lives.” He states: “Stay Away from Screening” as it harms many women with overdiagnosis and overtreatment. and it increases breast cancer incidence and aggressive treatments.
More studies and experts speaking out against mammography screening: The Downside of Mammograms – What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You