Breast screening – Healthwatch posts concerns re Age Extension RCT

For the past 5 years or so I’ve been campaigning about the harms of breast screening. Even as increasing research showed harms outweighed benefits by (at least) 3 to 1, the NHS extended the age range for breast screening at both ends, but did not inform women they were being entered into a randomised controlled trial (RCT) (‘the biggest in the world’ – Mike Richards, former Cancer Czar, (bmj). The trial continued despite the Independent Review (Marmot) and current Parliamentary Inquiry.

My enquiries to ethics committees etc were either ignored or met with dismissive information, as were those of concerned others initially. I am in touch with health professionals who have also been trying to raise concerns and now Healthwatch has posted key issues and views/reviews of the protocol plus a link to the actual protocol:

http://www.healthwatch-uk.org/concerns-over-age-extension-trial-of-mammography-screening/

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About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
This entry was posted in Breast Cancer, Campaigns, clinical trials, Compassion in healthcare, healthcare modernisation, patient safety, Screening, Screening Mammography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Breast screening – Healthwatch posts concerns re Age Extension RCT

  1. Joan Kirkbride says:

    I am concerned to hear your comments about the ethics committee and would welcome discussing with you.

    Joan Kirkbride
    National Research Ethics Service

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