back to it

Apologies for the unintended and unavoidable delay in postings -I’m hoping to add regular messages from now on. The screening mammography debate/debacle mentioned earlier rumbles on. Perhaps you have missed it, so I’ll include some updates:

Modern day patients need and want medical information to be full and open if they are to give informed consent to treatment etc. The revised NHS Breast Screening Programme leaflet given to women invited for screening mammography is far from truthful or open and has prompted yet another letter in the BMJ – Klim McPherson  – BMJ 2011; 342:d791 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d791 (Published 8 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011; 342:d791

Publicity of NHS breast cancer screening programme is unfair

  1. Klim McPherson, visiting professor of public health epidemiology1

Author Affiliations

  1. 1New College, Oxford OX1 3BN, UK

There’s an interesting response from a researcher. At first the suggestion that screening mammography is anything but beneficial seems crazy. Don’t we all know women whose lives have been ‘saved’ by screening? Now it seems modern machines are picking up many more ‘changes’ which doctors will feel obliged to treat. There is a a good deal of interesting reading on this subject now. My point is, care cannot be compassionate if there is still paternalism – because paternalism can result in communication issues, psychological issues and physical harms.

About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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