The Limits of Detection

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Mammography is touted as a screening tool that saves women’s lives. A recent paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine put that claim to the test, noting that other outcomes are possible — that a woman’s breast cancer might have been treatable no matter when it was found or that she was diagnosed with a cancer that was not going to cause symptoms. Through their estimation, the researchers found that most women did not have their life saved by the screen.

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