Researchers in Norway recently published new research demonstrating that women today undergo unneeded treatment as a result of additional mammograms and an increase in cancer diagnoses.
The new study estimates 15 to 25 percent of breast cancers found by mammograms wouldn’t cause problems during a woman’s lifetime, but the tumors were treated anyway.
But do the numbers tell the whole story? University of Minnesota Physician Doug Yee, M.D., director of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center isn’t so sure. In an interview with Fox 9, Yee said studies like this shouldn’t be cause to abandon mammography.
“The bottom line is that mammograms were useful for most women who received the test,” he said, “and it was very clear that they had fewer breast cancer deaths because women were participating in mammogram screening programs.”