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Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2009 Dec;6(12):682-3. doi: 10.1038/nrclinonc.2009.172.

Screening: is breast cancer overdiagnosed?

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  • 1Division of Medical Oncology C, Epidemiology Unit, Centro di Riferimento Oncologico, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy. averonesi@cro.it

Abstract

Jørgensen and Gøtzsche quantified the degree of overdiagnosis of breast cancer in five publicly organized mammography screening programs in different parts of the world. overall, they estimated a total degree of breast cancer (including carcinoma in situ) overdiagnosis of 52%, while overdiagnosis for invasive breast cancer was 35%, a finding with potential implications for both clinical practice and public health.

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10.1038/nrclinonc.2009.172
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