“Uruguay’s government is being challenged to end its compulsory breast screening programme, after a court ruled that one woman with concerns about possible harms caused by mammography should be exempt.”
Uruguay’s compulsory policy was introduced in 2006 under President Tabaré Vázquez, a practising oncologist. It made it a requirement for women aged 40-59 have to have a mammogram every two years or they could not get the health card (“carné de salud”) required by employers.
Ana Rosengurtt spoke out against compulsory breast screening and gained the support of her MP and former GP to successfully win her case. But the court ruling applies only to her individual case.
This is a very worrying situation in light of harms of screening mammography, in particular overdiagnosis and overtreatment. A policy based on belief instead of science, held together by vested interests.
MP and former GP challenges Uruguay’s compulory breast screening programme. Sophie Arie. BMJ 2016;355:i6624 (Published 8 December 2016)