Medicine And The Media

Midsummer madness: x rays and breast cancer

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:458
  1. Elizabeth White

    Many women watching ITV's The Big Story last week will doubtless have been alarmed by the claim that three quarters of breast cancers occurring in American women are due to radiation from medical radiography done between 1920 and 1960. The programme was based on a recently published book, Preventing Breast Cancer: The Story of a Major, Proven, Preventable Cause of this Disease by Professor John Gofman of the University of California at Berkeley.

    Professor Gofman's claim is founded on the increase in cancers observed in survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. The incidence of breast cancer also …

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