Women needlessly exposed to agony of breast cancer diagnosis: study

Women needlessly exposed to agony of breast cancer diagnosis: studyA great number of women are needlessly being exposed to the agony of a breast cancer diagnosis and the nightmare of treatment, a new study claimed.

Dr. Gilbert Welch of the New Hampshire-based Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and Dr. Archie Bleyer of St. Charles Health System in Oregon analyzed three decades of U. S. government data, and discovered that more than 1 million women had been over diagnosed for breast cancer.

The researchers found that one out of three women were found to have breast cancer through mammogram, but added that most women were over-diagnosed.

Revealing potential dangers of mammograms, Dr. Welch said, “It's a lot of women. It's a very substantial harm… it has come at a very huge human cost - the cost of telling a large number of women they have cancer…”

The researchers also found that the introduction of mammography in the U. S has doubled the number of early-stage breast cancer cases detected each year, but the rate of women being diagnosed with late-stage cancer has slipped only 8 per cent.

Proponents of mammograms admit that mammograms are not perfect, but claim that their benefits still prevail over the risks.