Educated women avoid breast screening tests: Lancet

February 18, 2015 8:56 AM

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Women who understand the risk of over-detection and over-diagnosis associated with mammography screening are less likely to have a breast screening test, new research has found.

"Mammography screening can reduce breast cancer deaths but most women are unaware that inconsequential disease can also be detected by screening, leading to over-diagnosis and over-treatment," said study author Kirsten McCaffery from the University of Sydney.

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