Dr. Kanner looks at a Norway study which separated the benefits of screening mammography from breast cancer treatment improvements. Mammography is clearly helpful, but the help may be more modest and come with more adverse effects than recognized before.
A preventive medicine task force just suggested that women not have mammograms in their 40’s and should only be screened every two years after that. And don’t bother with breast self-exam or your doctor’s breast exam. And the gynecologists’ task force declared that no women should have Pap smears before age 21 and less frequently thereafter. What to make of this? Ask your doctor, they say. How do we make sense of this?