Category Archives: cancer

Breast screening, health checks and psychological tactics for GPs to encourage attendance, despite ineffectiveness and harms!

https://www.healthwatch-uk.org/images/Newsletters/Number_104.pdf If you enjoy the series ‘Yes, Minister’ you will probably love Issue 104, 2016-17 of the HealthWatch charity’s Newsletter, especially pages 6-8. Breast screening, health checks, nsaids, …what doesn’t work? In his acceptance speech, HealthWatch Award Winner Peter Gotzsche … Continue reading

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Breast cancer, tumour size, screening effectiveness – NEJM

October is with us again. Unfortunately, it has been painted pink. This month cancer charities and others gear up to urge women to attend breast screening as the best means of avoiding death from this disease. Sadly, these well-meaning messages … Continue reading

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Screening – most media articles skewed in favour

This study investigated whether coverage of cancer screening by national newspapers gives a balanced account of the possible benefits and harms of screening. The interesting results are produced in attractive graphic (pictorial/comic strip) form. ( With regard to breast screening: … Continue reading

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Breast screening: a new, honest leaflet clearly shows harms v benefit

Here is a breast screening leaflet that shows women what they really need to know before deciding whether breast screening is for them. It puts women’s risk into perspective, as well as showing the remote chance of any benefit. Bour … Continue reading

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Breast Screening: time to stop the NHS BSP randomised trial of elderly women?

‘…continuing screening in elderly women would misrepresent the net benefit of mammography in these groups. Guidelines that mislead women about the net health benefits they can expect from mammography would disrespect our mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters.’ Time to douse … Continue reading

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Breast Screening information: currently ‘dodgy persuasion’

Gerd Gigerenzer explains why patients, the public and doctors, too, do not understand what constitutes evidence for ‘saving lives’ and offers clear tools for informed choice. There is a fact box for mammography screening, with options below – ‘open in … Continue reading

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New Strategy for improving cancer patient services and outcomes

LinkedIn message from Audrey Nailor, editor at ecancer: The Association of Cancer Physicians (ACP), which represents and supports medical oncologists in the UK, has published a new Strategy for improving cancer patient services and outcomes: http://ecancer.org/journal/10/full/608-an-association-of-cancer-physicians-strategy-for-improving-services-and-outcomes-for-cancer-patients.php I have submitted a … Continue reading

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