Women harmed, money wasted: Why breast screening needs a rethink

ANALYSIS: Can we afford to screen as many women as we do, considering the cost and rate of overdiagnosis?

If Australia’s breast cancer screening program was proposed today as a necessary intervention to protect women from the physical and emotional ravages of a disease that kills 3000 a year, would it be dismissed for the harms it causes and the costs it imposes?

Professor Alexandra Barratt
Professor Alexandra Barratt.

Put another way is it still worthwhile, fit-for-purpose?

Last month, researchers from Cancer