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October 09, 2011


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The same issue arose when the USPSTF changed its mammogram recommendations for women at normal risk not to start screening until age 50, and to repeat every second year instead of yearly. Women whose mammograms found DCIS, subsequently removed, believe the screening and surgery saved their lives, but the state of the science is such that we do not know which of those cases would have progressed and which wouldn't have.

Unfortunately, until we are able to differentiate between cancers that will progress and cancers that won't, we're stuck with only 2 options: aggressive treatment that may actually be unnecessary, or the high-stakes gamble of foregoing treatment.

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