Overscreening for Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer screenings may be doing more harm than good, according to a new study by researchers at Dartmouth and Harvard. The study finds that early screening has lead to over-diagnosis, over-treatment, and a whole lot of unnecessary anxiety for women who get mammograms. Most importantly, the authors say, the rise of early screening has done nothing to reduce cases of deadly, late-stage breast cancer.

Credits

Guest:
H. Gilbert Welch - Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Ryan Kailath