Category Archives: Screening Mammography

Breast screening, cervical screening: simple explanations should help citizens and doctors

Cancer screenings and overdiagnosis: pick the outcome that matters. Excellent article for those who want to understand the real issues around breast screening. The super clear graphic from the Harding Centre for Risk Literacy shows outcomes for numbers of women … Continue reading

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Breast screening trial: information and consent

‘Misleading’ invitations left patients feeing manipulated’ (Ben Rumsby and Deborah Cohen, The Sunday Telegraph, p 10, 27 May 2018). How many women who accepted an invitation to breast screening when aged over 70 or under 50 were personally affected by … Continue reading

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Breast screening – an enviable review

Writing in JAMA Internal Medicine (Reform of the National Screening Mammography Program in France, February 2018 Volume 178, Number 2) Alexandra Barratt, Karsten Juhl Jorgensen and Philippe Autier discuss reform of the National Screening mammography Programme in France. (Published Online: … Continue reading

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Breast screening/psa: harms or benefits

Article from 9 October 2011, but relevant today re breast screening, the AgeX trial and the computer ‘glitch’: ‘Do I have cancer?’ an article in the New York Times by Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer. – ‘…Mohler says, ”P.S.A., when … Continue reading

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Breast screening glitch – the facts

The computer glitch that resulted in women not being offered breast screening means they are more likely to have avoided unnecessary treatment than to have had their lives put at risk. The breast screening review by Sir Michael Marmot concluded … Continue reading

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Screening harms: why change is needed

Significant article on PSA screening echoes repeated findings on breast screening mammography, ie plenty of harms, but little effect on mortality. Just as with breast screening, prostate cancer screening is controversial: ‘…potential mortality or quality-of-life benefits may be outweighed by … Continue reading

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Breast screening, cancer treatments and cardiovascular disease

This article highlights serious risks to cardiovascular health caused by breast cancer treatments (which need to be considered as part of overdiagnosis and overtreatment due to breast screening mammography). ‘…current breast cancer treatments can have a negative impact on cardiovascular … Continue reading

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