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Amazingly, we treat too many women for breast cancer

WE treat too many women for breast cancer… Yes, yes, I know, this story is from the Mail where everything either causes or cures cancer. However, they are actually correct here:

About 4,000 women each year endure gruelling, unnecessary treatment for breast cancers that were not life-threatening, a review has found.

For every life saved by early detection, three women have therapy they do not need, according to the most definitive investigation of breast cancer screening so far.

Nearly all are given aggressive treatments – including chemotherapy, radiotherapy or having a breast removed – even though they might never have experienced any symptoms during their lifetime because their cancers were slow growing or non-aggressive.

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Posted: 30th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0