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What your patient is thinking – this book spills the beans, plus it has discussion sections and research links to better/evidence-based practice: Nothing Personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care. Radcliffe Publishing (Taylor & Francis – Routledge); CPD certified. (Winner, Medical … Continue reading

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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 – 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 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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CPD accredited Nothing Personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care

Ideal for Continuing Professional Development and medical education at all levels: ‘This is a beautifully written book, styled in a natural mix of prose, poetry and discussion points, which provides a rare insight into the thoughts of someone who can … Continue reading

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CPD certification for Nothing Personal

Nothing Personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care, Radcliffe Publishing (CRC Press), Winner of the Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award 2009, now has CPD accreditation. While the story reads like a novel, with humorous sketches throughout, there are discussion sections … 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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