Are Annual Mammograms Necessary?

Over the last few years a debate over the need and regularity for mammograms has raged on. Some physicians claim that they do not catch serious cases and only lead to unneeded pain and suffering, while other physicians say that the tests save lives. Here is a video from PBS about a recent study (see below) and here is an article from Harvard Womean’s Health Watch, Do you need mammograms?

Are Annual Mammograms Necessary? Physicians Debate Tool’s Prevention Capability
SUMMARY: Annual mammograms have been seen as an important screening tool: They are very effective in helping find small, slow-growing cancers. But how good are they at finding fatal tumors? Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that has reignited the debate.

Watch Annual Mammograms Necessary? Physicians Debate Prevention on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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