JOHN C. BAILAR III, M.D., Ph.D.
Experimental and clinical data on mammography as a tool for population screening are reviewed. The conclusions are that  there is good evidence that annual history, physical examination, and mammography can reduce short-term and midrange breast cancer mortality by about one third;  the evidence that mammography alone plays a significant role in this reduction is weak and indirect;  data on long-term effects of mammography are lacking;  no satisfactory investigations of associated radiation hazards have been published; and  the possible benefits of mammography have received more emphasis in the clinical literature than have its defects. Promotion of mammography as a general public health measure is premature.
JOHN C. BAILAR. Mammography: A Contrary View. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:77–84. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-1-77
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(1):77-84.
Breast Cancer, Hematology/Oncology.
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