Cancer Survivor or Victim of Overdiagnosis? (The New York Times)

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New York TimesIn this opinion piece, H. Gilbert Welch, a professor of medicine at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, questions some advice women have received for decades: that one of the most valuable things they can do for their health is get regular mammograms.

Citing a study co-conducted by him, which appeared in the latest New England Journal of Medicine, Welch writes that “it’s become increasingly clear that these screenings are not all they’re cracked up to be.”

Read the full op-ed, published 11/21/12 in The New York Times.

Below, watch a brief video in which Professor Welch explains the research contained in the New England Journal of Medicine article entitled “Effect of three decades of screening mammography on breast cancer incidence.”