Feb 12, 2014
By Jane Brown
Annual mammograms don’t appear to reduce breast cancer death rates in middle-aged women compared to simple regular physical exams. A new 25 year Canadian study which tracked close to 90,000 women, found that annual mammograms often do more harm than good because they pick up a lot of small, harmless cancers that will never cause symptoms or death in a patient’s lifetime. Study Author Dr. Cornelia J. Baines, of the Della Lana Faculty of Public Health at the University of Toronto, says the study proves there is no justification for spending billions of dollars on breast screening in North America. Regular mammographies have long been viewed as the best way to catch breast cancer in its earliest stages. Full results of the study are published here.