Cancer screening – does it save lives?

Healthcare providers are encouraged to be frank about the limitations of screening—the harms of screening are certain, but the benefits in overall mortality are not

Why cancer screening has never been shown to “save lives”—and what we can do about it, BMJ 2016;352:h6080,
06 January 2016.

The claim that cancer screening saves lives is based on fewer deaths due to the target cancer. Vinay Prasad and colleagues argue that reductions in overall mortality should be the benchmark and call for higher standards of evidence for cancer screening.
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