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We appreciate that Dr. Liebmann and associates took the trouble to write to us about our Editors' Notes for the article by Du and colleagues. We said that “many unnecessary deaths could probably be prevented by following the National Institutes of Health guidelines.” Liebmann and associates' citation of our statement omitted the word “probably,” a word that we chose with care to be sure that readers understood that we were making a conjecture rather than a conclusion based on established fact. Our conjecture would have been more informed if we had estimated the number of women who might have benefited from adjuvant therapy, as we have tried to do for this response.
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