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Breast cancer

Updated 15 February 2013

Benefits of breast cancer screening debated

As many as a third of cancers detected through routine mammograms may not be life threatening, that raises fresh questions about the benefits of breast cancer screening.

As many as a third of cancers detected through routine mammograms may not be life threatening, according to a study published that raises fresh questions about the benefits of breast cancer screening.

But proponents of mammograms have already begun poking holes in the study, by Welch and Dr Archie Bleyer of St. Charles Health System in Oregon and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. While mammograms are not perfect, the proponents say, their benefits still outweigh the risks.

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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