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Impact of Screening Mammography on Mortality from Breast Cancer

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Research Methodology
  • Review of Literature
  • Conclusion
  • References

Introduction

            Breast cancer is one of the biggest health threats in North America, since it is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada and 26 percent of cancers identified in women in the United States (Wujcik et al., 2009) (Vahabi and Gastaldo, 2003). For women over 45 in the United States (Wujcik, 2009) and over 50 in Canada, mammography screening is prescribed every other year (Vahabi and Gastaldo, 2003). The American Medical Association, however, needs doctors to clarify all the effects of medication and of any possible therapies, to allow patients to make an educated choice, and to explain the dangers of the doctor’s prescribed treatments. This listing of alternative treatments, under the current legal system, must even include the risks and benefits of non-treatment (Marshall, 2005).

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