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Screening has had 'little impact' on falling breast cancer deaths in the Netherlands

Breast screening in the Netherlands seems to have had a marginal effect on breast cancer mortality over the past 24 years, suggests research in The BMJ today. Their findings show that screening would be associated with up to 5% reductions in breast cancer mortality in women aged 50 and over, whereas improved treatments would be associated with a 28% reduction. And they point out that overdiagnosis "has steadily increased over time" with the extension of screening to women aged 70-75 and with the introduction of digital mammography.
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