The recent New England Journal of Medicine paper titled “Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence” look at thirty-two years of cancer statistics in the U.S. and comes to the startling conclusion that roughly 1.3 million women have been overdiagnosed with breast cancer. In our newest “Foundation Perspectives” video, Dr. Mary McNaughton-Collins, medical director at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and a primary care doctor, gives us her take on the importance of this study. She provides a brief overview of the authors’ findings, explains why the overdiagnosis of breast cancer is harmful and provides her view on how these findings will affect how she engages women in a shared decision making conversation about screening mammograms.
A diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer affects all aspects of women's lives -- family and friends, work, play, finances and faith. To help women cope with this diagnosis and all its implications, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: Making the Journey Your Own.