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Mammography is a wise choice for many

In connection with the Norwegian medical association's "Make wise choices!"-campaign type Kalager and Sønbø Kristiansen (university of Oslo), among other things overdiagnostikk in Mammografiprogrammet.

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Mammography can detect both slow growing and fast growing tumors. The slow growing is often referred to as overdiagnostikk, which must not be confused with feildiagnostikk. With today's knowledge we can't say for sure that these kreftsvulstene will not grow and spread. All with breast cancer are being offered treatment. Without mammografiscreening we could, avoided any treatments, but had accepted that several died of the disease.

Mammografiprogrammet according to the Research council of norway reduced the mortality of breast cancer significantly. In 1995 died more than 800 women of breast cancer in Norway, in 2016, the figure was less than 600. The reduction is due to early diagnosis and better treatment.

To weigh the benefits against the disadvantages is a difficult appraisals, and we want to give women evidence-based information so that they can make a choice whether they want to participate in the program or not.

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Cancer is actively working with overdiagnostikk through national and international research projects, and knowledge about svulstenes biology increases gradually. The last few years have, therefore, the treatment of breast cancer has become more targeted and adapted to the individual woman. More biological research will hopefully make it possible to identify tumors that do not have the risk of the spread, and thus we can avoid over-treatment.

We believe Norwegian the authorities have made a wise choice when they recommend mammografiscreening every other year for women aged 50 to 69 years, in line with most european countries, and according to the recommendations from the WHO and the EUROPEAN union.

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