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    Breast Screening Harm Highlighted

    wiseguy Oct 30, 2012

    1. wiseguy

      wiseguy Chataholic

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      Women invited for breast cancer screening in the UK are to be given more information about the potential harm of being tested.
      An independent review was set up to settle a fierce debate about whether the measure did more harm than good.
      It showed that for every life saved, three women had treatment for a cancer which would never have been fatal.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20121043
       
    2. Shortie861

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      Quite shocking how much they are finding out now after they have been using this method for so long :/
       
    3. wiseguy

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      isnt it just,my mother was treated years ago,it makes you wonder if that was uneccessary
       
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      In some cases i think it does save lives, early detection and all, but if it is doing more harm than good, then is it really worth the risk?
       
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      i imagine it must be a hard decision for a woman to make,go for the screening or not
       
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      Even more so now that I have to pay for it. :mad:
       
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      do they have to pay in the uk now?
      we have national health etc
       
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      It helps doctors catch cancer early so treatment can be given. The thing to remember is .... screening highlights a tumour and regardless of how serious it is or not.... the tumour was found. Also, when you get the all clear, it really is worth the peace of mind to go for screening. Just my opinion though and each to their own decision.
       
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      but they are saying for every life saved, 3 are misdiagnosed and have surgery, well thats the way im seeing it emerald x
       
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      i'm in the US wiseguy where nothing is free.
       
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      We don't pay here in Australia either wiseguy. It does make you stop and think and a decision each woman has to make.

      I have been having them for years and will continue and must say it does give me peace of mind.