WCH CONNECTJanuary 13, 2020

British Medical Journal (BMJ) names study from Dr. Steven Narod a top publication of the decade

  • January 13, 2020
  • BY Sarah Warr
Dr. Steven Narod
Dr. Steven Narod

As we enter the new year, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently revisited their most influential and noteworthy articles published over the past ten years to create a list of five key publications to mark the decade. Dr. Elizabeth Loder, head of research at the BMJ, chose the selection of papers that engage and inform readers, as well as inform the debate on healthcare. 

Among this list was a landmark paper from Dr. Steven Narod, senior scientist at Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer, which was a 25-year follow-up analysis of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study. The study was conducted in 15 screening centres across six provinces to tackle research questions that arose from a review of mammography screening in Canada.

The analysis showed that annual mammography exams in women aged 40 to 59 does not reduce breast cancer mortality compared to those who underwent physical examination and usual care. The study authors also found that almost a quarter of screen-detected invasive breast cancers were over-diagnosed – an important reminder that screening healthy people is not without risk.

Congratulations to Dr. Narod on this great achievement and international recognition of his research! 

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