This article, posted in the October 24, 2011 New York Times Blog: Tara Parker-Hope on Health, discusses a variety of viewpoints on mammography screening. Dr. Laura Esserman of UCSF is quoted in the piece and excerpted below:
"You can't expect from mammography what it cannot do," said Dr. Laura Esserman, director of the breast care center at the University of California, San Francisco. "Screening is not prevention. We're not going to screen our way to a cure."
"Screening is but one of the tools that we have to reduce the chance of dying of breast cancer," Dr. Esserman said. "The treatments that we have actually make up for a good deal of the benefits of screening."
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