Early detection by screening

Early detection may be an effective strategy to decrease mortality due to cancer. Mammography for early detection of breast cancer has been used as a population based screening method for decades.

The impact of screening on the reduction of mortality due to breast cancer is increasingly debated. Furthermore, improved imaging technologies identify small, often harmless tumours. Overtreatment may be the consequence of detection of early tumours without clinical significance. At the same time increasing biological information regarding tumour progression may be helpful to identify relevant premalignant lesions.

EACS may offer a comprehensive analysis of breast cancer screening and suggest a strategy for further research to develop early detection of this disease.

Mammography screening: A major issue in medicine.

Authors:  Philippe Autier & Mathieu Boniol 

Eur J Cancer. 2018 Feb;90:34-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2017.11.002. Epub 2017 Dec 20

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