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Mary McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH

New "Foundation Perspectives" Video: NEJM Study on Screening Mammography and Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis

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. Continue reading
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[The Boston Globe Daily Dose Blog] 1 Million Women 'Overdiagnosed' with Breast Cancer Due to Mammograms, Controversial Study Suggests

Others, however, defended the researchers' conclusions, saying the study verifies research data that's been published in other countries. "They just took a different way of looking at the likely benefits of mammographic screening and the overdiagnosis rate," said Dr. Michael Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation.
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[The Boston Globe] Doctors May Oversell Benefits of Mammograms

'After looking at mammography's pros and cons, I think many women will still want to be screened, particularly those in their 50s and 60s,' said Dr. Michael Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation in Boston. 'Outside, this age range, getting screened requires more thought.'
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