Breast cancer screening may not cut deaths
Breast cancer screening programmes have yet to show a reduction in the number of women who die from the disease, according to researchers.
A new study suggests there is "no evidence" that screening women for breast cancer has an effect on mortality.
There has been fierce debate about the value of such screening programmes.
While mortality rates for breast cancer have significantly declined since the 1980s, some critics have said that breast cancer screening programmes led to many women undergoing unnecessary surgery.
The latest research is published in the 'Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine'.