Breast cancer overdiagnosis doesn’t deter screening

Researchers from University College London who surveyed the reactions of 40 women in six focus groups said that “when provided with information about the risks of overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment, they were often shocked and surprised, initially”.

The responses to the information ranged from anger about discovering they could be unnecessarily treated for cancer, concern about the financial cost to the National Health Service, to cynicism that the statistical data could be used to justify cost-cutting within the screening program.