31 Days of “Little Known” FACTS — For Breast Cancer Awareness Month — Day 12 — Switzerland is Abolishing Mammography Screening

Did you know…

Switzerland is Phasing Out Mammography Screening

The Swiss Medical Board released a report of its findings in 2014 and concluded:

  1. no new systematic screening mammography programs should be introduced,
  2. all forms of mammography screening must be evaluated for quality,
  3. women must be given clear and balanced information on the benefits and harms of screening,
  4. 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.

Mammography screening is harmful and should be abandoned

More studies and experts speaking out against mammography screening: The Downside of Mammograms – What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You

About Donna Pinto

I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles when I was 12. I graduated with a BA in Journalism/Advertising from San Diego State University. After a short stint in magazine ad sales in LA, I was offered my dream job working for Club Med. I spent two years working at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met while working at Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico. We returned to "real life/jobs" for three years before we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. Together we wrote a book called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life," a quote book for new graduates. Becoming a mom changed my life and I was fortunate to work part-time from home with many amazing nonprofits. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis inspired me to an investigation that culminated in creating DCIS 411 and Give Wellness.
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