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Mammograms have a magical reputation. But they don’t save as many lives as you think.
Washington Post

Mammograms have an almost magical reputation among many women. At pink ribbon events, breast cancer survivors credit the screening tool as having saved their lives and the U.S. government believes in their power so strongly that coverage for it is mandated by the Affordable Care Act for newer insurance plans.

Much of this faith in mammograms comes from a pivotal paper based on tests conducted in the 1960s and ’70s in Sweden that showed that screening could reduce breast cancer mortality by an amazing 20 to 25 percent.

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