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Breast Cancer Screening Linked with over diagnosis and Overtreatment

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Dr. Laura J. Esserman, a breast cancer surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, has dedicated much of her professional life trying to get medical establishments to think differently about breast cancer. She is one of the most vocal proponents of the idea that breast cancer screening brings with it overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

The study published in the journal JAMA Oncology was analysis of 20 years of patient data, which made the approach to treating a condition known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), for which the current practice includes only surgery.

Dr. Esserman is one in a few surgeons in the US who want to put women with DCIS on active surveillance instead of performing biopsies, lumpectomies or mastectomies.

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