American and European recommendations for screening mammography in younger women: A cultural divide?

I. Jatoi, M. Baum

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Abstract

The American Cancer Society advocates mammography screening for all women from age 40, whereas in Europe it is not recommended for women below the age of 50. Randomised prospective studies have failed to show a significant benefit from screening women aged under 50 and five potentially harmful effects of screening should be considered: lead time, overdiagnosis, radiation exposure, false positive results, and costs. Younger women must be properly informed about the potential for harm as well as for benefit before screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1481-1483
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Volume307
Issue number6917
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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