CJS debate: Is mammography useful in average-risk screening for breast cancer?

CJS debate: Is mammography useful in average-risk screening for breast cancer?

Can J Surg 2016;59(1):62-66 | PDF

Muriel Brackstone, MD; Steven Latosinsky, MD; Elizabeth Saettler, MD; Ralph George, MD

Summary

Given the recent debate over breast cancer screening that was reignited by the 25-year follow-up data from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study, the Canadian Journal of Surgery commissioned a group of Canadian experts to debate the value of screening mammography. We discuss the Canadian study and summarize the arguments in favour of and against screening mammography for average-risk patients. We also provide summary recommendations for the use of mammography.


Accepted for publication Oct. 6, 2015

Affiliations: From the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Breast Clinic, London, Ont. (Brackstone, Latosinsky, Saettler); the Regional Cancer Program, London, Ont. (Brackstone, Latosinsky, Saettler); and the CIBC Breast Clinic, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ont. (George).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this commentary and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.017514

Correspondence to: M. Brackstone, London Regional Cancer Program, 790 Commissioners Rd. East, Suite A3-931, London, ON, N6A 4L6; muriel.brackstone@lhsc.on.ca