Explaining the research – breast screening

Nordic Cochrane Centre Director, Professor Peter Gotzsche’s critique of the J Med Screen Euroscreen papers:


‘Our study of overdiagnosis in Denmark lives fully up to these requirements, as we had a control group for 17 years without screening (16). We found 33% overdiagnosis in Denmark after adjustment for a small compensatory drop. Although our study is the most ideal there is, according to their own criteria, the EUROSCREEN Working Group’s summary article does not mention our paper…’

The Cochrane leaflet about mammography screening, first published in the BMJ, was revised in 2012 and is available at www.cochrane.dk. ‘The Center for Medical Consumers in the United States has described it as ‘the first honest mammography information for women written by health professionals’ (15). We think this is the reason that volunteers have translated it so that it now exists in 14 languages, and soon in 16, including Arabic, Chinese and Urdu. We conclude in our leaflet that it ‘no longer seems reasonable to attend for breast cancer screening. In fact, by avoiding going to screening, a woman will lower her risk of getting a breast cancer diagnosis.’


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