24 January 2020

Mammograms Are Not Very Effective

The false positive rate for mammograms over a ten year period (61.3%) is very high relative to the number of cancer deaths prevented (0.1%) by having them as recommended for ten years.

Could the value of the cost and distress associated with this routine diagnostic procedure be redirected towards something that would save more lives? 

From here.

A new, less invasive and more effective breast cancer detection technology called thermography has been invented, but doesn't yet have widespread use.

Traditional PAP smears are also much less accurate and effective than more modern HPV tests.

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