Women still being advised to get mammograms, even though doctors know they do more harm than good…….

Even stars explode

Two of the responses to an editorial by Julietta Patnick, Director NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, (Benefits of screening take years to appreciate -bmj 16 January 2013 – BMJ 2013;346:f299) are especially noteworthy. One, from Hazel Thornton, explains the difference between risks and harms, and points out that ‘harms’ are not mentioned in this article, even though breast screening has been shown to inflict harm on more people than it helps.

‘* A risk is “the probability of harm taking place. It is not possible to directly compare benefits and risks because one is an outcome while the other is the probability of an outcome.” [3]’

The other from GP, Dr Jonathan D Sleath, says he regularly talks to patients about breast screening, but the risks are not immediately evident to them. ‘The risks associated with overdiagnosis are glossed over in the NHS breast cancer screening leaflet with the single…

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About gabbymottershead

Inflammatory Breast Cancer survivor and advocate, Breast Cacner UK ambassador, party animal, proud grandmother, mother to two wonderful sons, wife to Paul, loving life in Manchester, the best place on earth. Love my family, live music, my house rabbit and general shenanigans.
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  1. Thanks for re-blogging this Gabby. I have also posted on Heartsinhealthcare and social networking sites. Great that GP’s are speaking out about the harms of screening – I am now in touch with several who are concerned. More to come on this soon.

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