A blog written by a medical professor nicely summarises Prof M Baum’s piece in the bmj last week (see earlier post re Fiona Godlee): http://ripe-tomato.org/2013/01/27/harms-from-mammography/
‘…Screening reduces breast cancer mortality. But for every death prevented three women will have their breast unnecessarily removed or irradiated. The radiation will cause at least as many other deaths from lung cancer and heart attacks as the screening prevented. Maybe more. Still want it?
…There are too many vested interests keeping this racket going.
Baum is professor emeritus of surgery at University College London, was chief investigator of many key breast cancer trials, and knows what hes talking about.’