There is a pernicious aspect of this "expertise fallacy": once you understand that patient-level experience cannot provide useful information to assess screening, it becomes clear that clinical experience tends to provide misleading information. Among the many reasons for this:
After decades of educating the public about the importance of early detection, the new guidelines are indeed confusing and controversial. In the new guidelines, the recommended age for annual screening mammography was increased from age 40 to age 45 for women "of average risk for breast cancer."
We need to refocus our resources and attention on the two things that really matter: (1) stopping men and women from getting breast cancer in the first place -- primary prevention; and (2) preventing metastasis if they do.
Another study, conducted by Welch and colleagues, found that, while mammograms have increased detection of early-stage breast
When it comes to women's health, there are five health tests that have saved lives and helped improve the quality of life for millions of women, and yet are still underutilized, ignored or forgotten about.
Another possible explanation for the lack of change in mammography rates is simply that not enough time has passed since
By Julie Steenhuysen That study suggested that as many as a third of cancers detected through routine mammograms may not
Though mammograms are often attributed with early detection of breast cancers and saved lives, the medical community continues
According to Woloshin, the problem is not that mammography screening is without real and potentially significant benefits