Cancer patients 'over-diagnosed'

The UK breast screening programme may be damaging more women's lives than it saves and should be scrapped, according to a professor.

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Women urged to go for screening test despite fears

Screening remains one of the best ways to spot the very early signs of breast cancer, at a stage when treatment is most likely to be successful.

We think it's vitally important for women to have access to clear information about breast screening, the balance of benefits and harms and the fact that they could be diagnosed with and treated for a cancer that might not cause them harm.

So, on balance, taking all the evidence into account, Cancer Research UK recommends that women go for breast screening when invited.

– Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK

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