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Friday 26th October 2012
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Women could be harmed by national breast-screening programmes in the UK, according to a new report.

Professor Peter Gotzsche, chair of clinical research design and analysis at the University of Copenhagen, noted that these tests could be actually causing more harm than good for women undergoing the assessments.

He explained that for every female saved, ten are affected by unnecessary scans, and the expert has called for the national screening programme to be scrapped entirely to avoid further damage.

Professor Gotzsche said: "Screening detects a lot of cancers that are not dangerous. We call them overdiagnosed cancers, they are pretty harmless. But many of these are treated by a mastectomy so when you introduce screening, you have more mastectomies."

Breast cancer is a fairly common form of the illness across the UK, with around 48,000 women being diagnosed with the disease every year, according to statistics published by the NHS.

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