Expert calls for agreement on breast screening

Agreement between experts about overdiagnosis in breast cancer screening is urgently needed so that women can be better informed, argues a Sydney public health practitioner.

It is a leap of faith to say the benefits of early detection and treatment of breast cancer far outweigh the adverse physical and psychosocial effects of early detection and treatment, says Dr Alexandra Barratt, professor of public health at the University of Sydney.

“Many women continue to be prescribed or encouraged to undergo screening rather than being

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