Breast screening – more in WDDTY

What Doctors Don’t Tell You (well, SOME doctors – let’s not include all doctors in this)
– has been publishing information about breast screening.
Here’s a great headline:
http://www.wddty.com/mammograms-see-three-cancers-that-aren-t-there-for-every-one-that-is-uk-government-admits.html

– and it’s not spelled out like that in the new breast cancer information leaflet – though it IS in the report of the Independent Review (Marmot Report). What does that tell us?

The problem is, after years of misinformation, the public mainly thinks overdiagnosis must be small scale – and would probably hardly ever lead to actual treatment…Not so, I’m afraid. Find one, treat one is what happens – very rarely will a woman be brave enough to turn down treatment when ‘cancer’ is found. (Always the possibility of legal action if they don’t.)

Many also confuse overdiagnosis with false positives/false negatives as the only risk, also do not realise the actual HARMS, rather than potential risks – or the scale of them.

And they also don’t understand that doctors’ understanding of the biology of breast cancer has changed in recent years.

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About bmitzi

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