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New study questioning screening mammography’s value stirs up opposition

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- A new study questioning the efficacy of screening mammography has stirred up an international debate with researchers from around the world challenging its scientific validity.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, compares breast cancer death rates in screened and unscreened regions of Denmark and finds no real difference.

Written by Karsten Jorgensen and Peter Gotzsche from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, the study is based on data collected from two public screening programs (Copenhagen and Funen County) and regions across the rest of Denmark that have no screening program. This is not the first time the two have published a study criticizing mammography. Last year they said one in three breast cancers is overdiagnosed.

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