Is screening for breast cancer with mammography justifiable?

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Screening for breast cancer with mammography is unjustified. If the Swedish trials are judged to be unbiased, the data show that for every 1000 women screened biennially throughout 12 years, one breast-cancer death is avoided whereas the total number of deaths is increased by six. If the Swedish trials (apart from the Malmö trial) are judged to be blased, there is no reliable evidence that screening decreases breast-cancer mortality.
Gotsche PC, Olsen O, (January 2008) Is screening for breast cancer with mammography justifiable?, Lancet, 335(9198): 129-134

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