New study questions the value of breast cancer screenings

FILE - In this May 6, 2010 file photo, detection lead mammographer, Toborcia Bedgood, left, prepares a screen-film mammography test for patient Alicia Maldonado, at The Elizabeth Center for Cancer Detection in Los Angeles. A new, international panel of experts has studied the most recent evidence on mammograms to screen for breast cancer and says they do the most good for women in their 50s and 60s. Women 70 to 74 also benefit to a lesser extent. But evidence that screening helps women in their 40s is "limited," the panel said, although some members disagreed this was true for women 45 to 49. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

 

(WTNH) –A brand new study is questioning the value of mammograms and breast cancer screenings.

The report is concluding that women are more likely to be diagnosed with a small tumor that is not destined to grow than they are to have a true problem spotted early. The study is tracking tumor sizes before and after mammograms came into wide use and what effect screening had on death rates.

Researchers are concluding that two-thirds of the drop in mortality are due to better treatments and not early detection.

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