Risk Benefit Theater – Screening mammograms

I’m all about high-value, evidence-based healthcare.

I’ve written a lot of posts about the problems, including high costs, of overscreening and overtreating. (We spend hundreds of billions of dollars every year on unnecessary healthcare!)

So I love this video by Andrew Lazris, MD, and Erik Rifkin, PhD. They use the visual of 1000 women sitting in a theater to illustrate why screening mammograms are not the life savers many women think they are.

A picture (or video) is worth a thousand words, isn’t it?

I understand Lazris and Rifkin want to create more videos to help patients (and physicians) better understand the limited benefits of other common screening tests and treatments, such as the PSA (prostate cancer screening), cholesterol screening and statins, and drugs to treat osteoporosis.

I look forward to seeing them!

Related posts:

Better informed patients ask more questions. Better informed patients generally use less healthcare.

That not only saves money, but protects against the physical and psychological harms of overtreatment—too many x-rays, too many surgeries, too many drugs.

Check out my Resources page for links to good evidence-based medicine and shared decision-making websites.

And below are a few of my favorite books on the subject.


Frugal Nurse



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