Friday, April 3, 2015

Table of benefit and harms of screening mammography

One of my beefs with this table is that it doesn't provide a column for number of all-cause mortality averted with screening against nonscreened women (over the specified time frame). Nevertheless, the number of false positives and the number of overdiagnosed lesions (most of which will probably be treated and therefore turn women into patients and harmed) should give women pause when it comes to screening. Hence, well tabulated data such as these must be made available for women to make an informed choice about screening. 


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