Side effects breast cancer treatment, lung cancer and heart attacks

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):

‘…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.’


About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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2 Responses to Side effects breast cancer treatment, lung cancer and heart attacks

  1. Deborah says:

    I am the producer of MD Anderson Cancer Center’s audio podcast series called Cancer Newsline. Recently we published an episode on how medical hypnosis may help the cancer patient. I thought you and your readers may be interested in it. Feel free to embed in a post!

  2. Pingback: More information on breast screening - compassionate care - Blogs - Macmillan's Online Community

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