Russell Harris, MD, MPH
This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 8 April 2014.
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Harris R. Screening Is Only Part of the Answer to Breast Cancer. Ann Intern Med. 2014;160:861-863. doi: 10.7326/M14-0616
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(12):861-863.
It is time to reframe our thinking about breast cancer. We need to move away from a primary focus on screening toward the larger issue of reducing the burden of suffering that breast cancer brings to society.
This burden is enormous. Almost 300 000 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer and 40 000 women will die of it in 2014 (1). Many more live with the label of having been diagnosed, some still having treatment, others wondering whether the cancer will recur. Even more have had a false-positive mammogram. Collectively, throughout the United States, a heightened sense of risk and awareness about breast cancer has even given new meaning to the color pink (2).
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