Breast screening stoush reignites

AUSTRALIAN experts are divided on a new study that suggests mammographic screening for breast cancer does not reduce mortality and leads to overdiagnosis.

The US ecological study examining rates of screening and outcomes across 16 million women found that a 10% increase in screening was associated with 16% more breast cancer diagnoses but no change in breast cancer deaths over a decade. 

While Sydney public health expert Professor Alexandra Barratt sees the finding as adding to evidence of overdiagnosis, some clinicians are annoyed at