The Telegraph reports on a study which finds substantial 'overdiagnosis' in breast cancer screening: more than a third of cancers detected in the screening are 'harmless'.
I have never been in favour of breast cancer screening. I have not myself taken up offers of this screening. My personal strongly held opinion over many years is that it does much more harm than good.
I remember an earlier negative finding reported in the Telegraph, which I wrote about in my blog on October 18, 2006:
Screening for breast cancer 'may harm women' here - Extract from the report:
"Breast cancer screening may be doing more harm than good, a new report says today. One in nine UK women is diagnosed with breast cancer at some time. The research found that for every 2,000 women invited to have mammograms, one would have their life prolonged but 10 would endure potentially devastating and unnecessary treatment."
Since the incidence of breast cancer is rising, and one of the contributory causative factors is obesity, women who are overweight would lower their risk of developing breast cancer if they were to lower their sodium intake, because salt sensitivity and fluid retention are what cause obesity, rather than over-eating.
(A survey carried out by Cancer Research UK found that most British people do not know there is a strong link between obesity and cancer. Most were aware of a link between obesity and heart disease, but not with cancer. Studies have shown that being overweight increases the risk of cancer of the breast, bowel, womb, kidney and oesophagus. A major study (2003) by the American Cancer Society also associates obesity with stomach cancer and prostate cancer in men, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and cancers of the cervix, ovary, prostate, liver, and pancreas.)
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