Mammograms may overdiagnose up to 1 in 4 breast cancers

2:50 PM, Apr 3, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Getting regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer can alert physicians and patients to the presence of tumors.

However, one in four breast cancers detected on the images never would have turned life-threatening, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Douglas Yee of the University of Minnesota conducted research on the study just released by Harvard School of Public Health and scientists from Norway and Sweden.

You can read more about the study on USA TODAY, the Boston Globe and the Harvard Crimson.

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