The Cancer Council in Australia is warning women to be careful about the new commercial breast screening services. The council mentioned there is a significant increase in the number of companies offering breast cancer screening. However, although these companies are saying that their screening service are safe, non-invasive and comfortable, There is no enough evidence that all these features are true.
Professor Janet Hiller, from the University of Adelaide, mentioned that evidence about the safety of these services is so little. Moreover, she added that there is also little evidence about the effectiveness of such screening services in detecting breast cancer. Professor Hiller said "A lot of the commercially available technologies are relatively new technologies and the research evidence that underpins them isn't nearly as substantial as the research evidence that underpins the mammographic program that's available free." The Professor added that the most effective detection methods are self-examination and mammography. She concluded "You need solid evidence that your screening test will save lives in the long run and you want a quality assurance program around it, training for people, benchmarking, protocols for what you do when you find something wrong."