Breast screening saves lives, say experts

14. 07. 2009 | Cancer Research UK

UK screening experts have emphasised the benefits of breast screening after a study suggested that one in three cancers detected by screening might not need treatment.

Breast screening saves lives, say experts

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Researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Centre have claimed that up to one in three cases of breast cancer detected during routine screening may not threaten a woman's life, and would not need treatment.

Some breast cancers grow slowly, lie dormant or even regress - treating women with these tumours amounts to 'over-treatment'. However it is currently impossible to tell which tumours are aggressive and which are less harmful, so doctors offer treatment to most women.

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Keywords: breast cancer, breast screening, prevention, overdiagnosis