Why Breast Cancer Checks Still Save Lives

African American woman doctor looking at xray

Oprah’s recent breast cancer scare serves as a reminder that women need to be vigilant in being screened for breast cancer.

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Breast-cancer screening saves lives even though it also picks up cases in some women that would never have caused them a problem, according to a review published in The Lancet medical journal.

The independent review, commissioned by the charity Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Britain’s Department of Health, follows fierce international debate about the benefits of routine screening and recent research that has argued it does more harm than good.

“This has become an area of high controversy,” said Sir Mike Richards, the Department of Health’s National Cancer Director and one of the sponsors of the review.