Monday, 25 March 2013

Breast screening controversy continues

Breast screening controversy continues. BMJ 2013; 346:f477.

Godlee, F. [editorial]

When the Marmot report on breast cancer screening was published in November last year, many will have hoped for an endtothisparticular controversy.Prompted by callsi n the BMJ for more honest information on the harms of screening (BMJ 2010;340:c3106, BMJ 2011;343:d6894), Marmot and his committee were charged with asking whether the screening programme should continue, and if so, what women should be
told about the risks of overdiagnosis.