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Screening Is Only Part of the Answer to Breast CancerScreening Is Only Part of the Answer to Breast Cancer

Russell Harris, MD, MPH
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 8 April 2014.


From Research Center for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Disclosures: None. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-0616.

Requests for Single Reprints: Russell Harris, MD, MPH, Sheps Center for Health Services Research, 725 Martin Luther King Boulevard, CB 7590, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590; e-mail, rharris@med.unc.edu.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: R. Harris.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: R. Harris.

Drafting of the article: R. Harris.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: R. Harris.

Final approval of the article: R. Harris.

Statistical expertise: R. Harris.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: R. Harris.

Collection and assembly of data: R. Harris.


Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(12):861-863. doi:10.7326/M14-0616
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A recently published update of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study found that annual screening mammography did not reduce breast cancer deaths. The authors of this commentary discuss those findings and believe that it is time to reframe our thinking about breast cancer.

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