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Mammograms don't lead to fewer deaths, study says

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 9:05 a.m. MST

This undated photo provided by the American Cancer Society shows a mammogram procedure. In 2003, the cancer society stops recommending monthly breast self-exams, but continues to urge annual mammograms for women over 40. The New York Times, though, said mammograms may not lead to better cancer results.

American Cancer Society, Associated Press

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The New York Times reported that a massive series of studies — which included 90,000 women over the last 25 years — showed “the death rates from breast cancer and from all causes were the same in women who got mammograms and those who did not.”

The study was published in The British Medical Journal and tried to find if there was any different between those who got mammograms and those who didn’t.

“It will make women uncomfortable, and they should be uncomfortable,” said Russell P. Harris, professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “The decision to have a mammogram should not be a slam dunk.”

Read the full article at nytimes.com.

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