Breast screening mammography – legality of the age extension trial – biopsies and metastases

‘Why I’m opting out of mammography’ – Christine Aschwanden – Opinion piece in JAMA Internal Medicine. 1st December 2014.

Christine had done her homework and read the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation which, as she told her doctor, call for an individualized decision for someone her age. However, when she tried to get answers to her questions and queried why there was no discussion, she was told, ‘ “I am discussing it. I’m telling you to get a mammogram.”
A good article which discusses possibilities and probable outcomes of a screening mammogram.


In her letter to the Editor of the Medico-Legal Journal, Professor Susan Bewley discusses concerns which have been raised about the Age Extension to the NHS Breast Screening Programme. She questions the validity of the ‘implied consent’ to this research trial and explains why women, their doctors and the NHS Breast Screening Programme would benefit from more external legal input and scrutiny.

The article also contains a ‘Fact box’ on breast cancer screening and risk reproduced with permission from Gerd Gigerenzer, Harding Center for Risk Literacy,

‘Legal Scrutiny of the age extension breast screening trial is required.’ Susan Bewley. The Royal Society of Medicine Medico-Legal Journal.


Can latent metastases be kick-started to progress due to biopsy?

‘Core Needle Biopsy of Breast Cancer Tumors increases Distant Metastases in a Mouse Model’. Edward Gitau Mathenge et al. Neoplasia. Vol 6, No 11, 2014.

About bmitzi

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