There was some choice reading in the bmj recently: ‘Editor’s Choice – Breast
screening controversy continues’ Fiona Godlee, editor, (BMJ
2013;346:f477) in which she flags up calls for more honest information on the
harms of screening (BMJ 2010;340:c3106, BMJ 2011;343:d6894); the
Marmot committee report summarised by Nigel Hawkes at the time (BMJ
Two of the responses to an editorial by Julietta Patnick,
Director NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, are especially noteworthy (Benefits of
screening take years to appreciate - bmj 16 January 2013 - BMJ 2013;346:f299)
are especially noteworthy. One, from Hazel Thornton, explains the difference
between risks and harms, and points out that ‘harms’ are not mentioned in this
article, even though breast screening has been…
Blogged here with full permission of the author, Cornelia J. Baines MD, MSc, FACE
Professor Emerita, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Ontario, Canada.
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great mammography debate
By Cornelia J. Baines
From this week’s bmj:
'Campaigners for the publication of the results of all clinical
trials have launched a public petition to increase pressure on researchers,
funding bodies, and institutions to take action.
They are also urging people who are thinking of taking part in a
clinical trial to agree to participate only in those trials that have been
registered and that promise to publish the results in…
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