Petition against compulsory screening in Uruguay

‘…in Uruguay for working females from 40 years preventive mammography and pap smear are mandatory every two years (you lose your work in case you cannot demonstrate the procedures have been done)’
http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f1907

Apparently, a new rule will make the mammography and pap smear mandatory every year for all females (you need it for everything, from a research grant to a housing subsidy-benefit, as well as for working). This new rule has being approved by the Health Committee of the Parliament
– and for working males, a new rule is in place that gives a “free one day holiday” for visiting the urologist and to perform the “annual prostate check” (PSA and digital exam) – currently not mandatory.

In light of current research findings that the harms of breast screening outweigh the very small chance, if any, of benefit and even the person who devised the psa test says it was never meant to be used as a screening tool because totally unsuitable – not to mention human rights…(in this ‘democratic republic’!) you might want to sign:

The petition is at
https://secure.avaaz.org/es/petition/MAMOGRAFIA_OBLIGATORIA_EN_URUGUAY_UN_PROBLEMA_CIENTIFICO_Y_UN_ABUSO_ETICO/

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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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