‘Here’s a game: try to find a doctor’s conflicts of interest. Set a timer, and give yourself the freedom of the internet… ‘
‘ The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry voluntarily publishes payments made by the drug industry to doctors.1 But at least half of those payments—£53m (€60.1m; $73.7m) in total—aren’t declared.2 And drug company payments aren’t the only conflict a doctor can have …’
Margaret McCartney: Hiding and seeking doctors’ conflicts of interest.
Public Health England has warned that the trivalent flu vaccine, most commonly administered in general practice, won’t protect against the influenza B strain predominantly circulating.
Jacqui Wise, BMJ, 5 January 2018.
(Some vaccines cost more than others. Do you know which was on offer for you?)
This BMJ article concludes that the Dutch mammography screening programme appears to have little impact on the number of advanced breast cancers – a marginal effect on breast cancer mortality – and half the screen detected cancers represent overdiagnosis (which brings great risk of overtreatment etc).
Year on year robust research proves the ineffectiveness and harms of breast screening, but until women, the public, and influential breast cancer organisations understand why the programme still does not save the vast numbers of lives as claimed, it’s likely that successive governments will continue to pour millions of pounds into it – or risk losing votes – money that could be so much better used in breast cancer services. And despite years of proven evidence against breast cancer screening, the AgeUK research trial (‘the largest RCT in the world’ according to the then Cancer Czar) continues to be used to recruit greater and greater numbers of women for screening. How many of them realise what they are consenting to?
Effectiveness of and overdiagnosis from mammography screening in the Netherlands: population based study. Philippe Autier, Magali Boniol, Alice Koechlin, Cécile Pizot, Mathieu Boniol.
BMJ 2017;359:j5224 – http://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j5224
Posted in Breast Cancer, breast screening, Campaigns, harms, healthcare modernisation, Over-medicalisation, overdiagnosis, overtreatment, Public safety, Screening, Screening Mammography
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