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Breast cancer: old news re reduced need for chemotherapy

‘Good News for Women with Breast Cancer: many don’t need chemotherapy’ writes Denise Grady in the New York Times, 3 June 2018 reporting on a major international study. The gene test, called Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay, is the focus … 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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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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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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‘Breast Cancer Screening -Better without mammograms?’

“Conclusions: The Dutch mammography screening programme seems to have little impact on the burden of advanced breast cancers, which suggests a marginal effect on breast cancer mortality. About half of screen detected breast cancers would represent over-diagnosis.” Here is yet … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – short video explains reality

TIME FOR HONESTY – This short video presents the true picture of breast screening programmes in a very easy to understand format. How shocking that this harmful ‘industry’ is allowed to continue (NHS BSP) and the age limit extended at … Continue reading

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