The recent New England Journal of Medicine paper titled “Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence” looks 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.
Interested in learning more about this study? Study coauthor Dr. Gil Welch from Dartmouth Medical School has put together an excellent, in-depth overview of the study.