From the Daily Mail:
‘It is a biological fact of life that we cannot avoid getting cancer as we get older’ says Professor Gotzsche.
‘It’s so common nearly all middle-aged people will have some sign of it and most of them will die without having had any symptoms as a result.’
In other words, scanning finds cancerous changes that would otherwise never have caused a problem in your lifetime.
But once a mammogram picks up something that might be a tumour, you’re on your way to becoming a cancer patient because there are no reliable ways of telling if you’ve got the slow-growing or disappearing type, or if it is going to become dangerously invasive.
You will be sent for a biopsy and, if it’s cancerous, you get the full cancer works — surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, and possibly have your breast removed.
Thousands who would otherwise have remained perfectly healthy — because their cancers would never have caused a problem — become cancer patients.
via William M. Briggs.