In an article in the BMJ ‘Views and Reviews’ column this week, Margaret McCartney, a general practitioner in Glasgow, looks at whether the trial to extend breast cancer screening is unethical and if it was government policy to extend screening regardless of the trial’s findings and asks, ‘do women even know that they are participants?’ (of a randomised controlled trial).
The harms of breast screening are now well documented – this further extension of the age range, the ‘largest Randomised Controlled Trial in the world’, raises many more concerns which are spelt out in the accompanying Rapid Responses.
A Trial To extend breast cancer screening may be unethical. Margaret McCartney.
http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5105 and click on Responses, or go to