To Test Or Not To Test?

The mammogram wars are raging again. The facts aren't all in yet, but don't cancel your appointment

Breast cancer researchers have been arguing for two years about an issue that most women, in the U.S. at least, thought was settled: whether routine mammograms save lives. Given that tens of millions of these tests are performed each year, the women who get them deserve some clarity on the issue. Instead they're getting an old-fashioned academic feud with lots of heat and very little light.

The debate flared up again last week when an independent advisory panel to the National Cancer Institute concluded that a harsh critique by two Danish researchers of the data supporting mammography's benefits had enough merit...

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