Category Archives: citizen safety

Breast cancer screening – DCIS and the COMET trial

Women diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) are usually offered lumpectomy or mastectomy as standard treatment, although DCIS is not usually recognised as an actual cancer, but rather cell changes which may or may not become cancerous in the … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – why do physicians continue to ignore national guidelines?’

When research shows breast cancer screening participants are more likely to experience more harms than benefits, why do physicians continue to ignore national guidelines and recommend screening mammography? “There have been many explanations over the years for why physicians perform … Continue reading

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Breast Screening – Core Needle Biopsy of Breast Cancer Tumours Increases Distant Metastases in a Mouse Model.

Excerpt from authors’ conclusion: Our experimental findings demonstrate for the first time that in the setting of malignant breast cancer, performance of a CNB is associated with a significantly increased incidence of pulmonary metastases. We also show that an additional … Continue reading

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Breast screening: overdiagnosis in Denmark

Yet more proof of overdiagnosis: a paper estimating overdiagnosis in Denmark, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, concluded: ‘Breast cancer screening was not associated with a reduction in the incidence of advanced cancer. It is likely that 1 in … Continue reading

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Humanising healthcare: Robin Youngson

“We need people who do not doubt our good intentions, but are prepared to tell us things others are not” – Dr Helen Williamson, RCPath, p 185 in ‘Nothing Personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care’. I was fortunate to have … Continue reading

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Breast screening: one woman’s successful fight against compulsory screening programme

“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 … 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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