Breast screening seems driven by belief rather than evidenceBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.677/b (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:677
- Hazel Thornton (email@example.com), independent advocate for quality in research and healthcare
- Saionara, Rowhedge, Colchester CO5 7EA
EDITOR—The aim of the NHS breast screening programme when it was set up in 1988 was to reduce mortality from breast cancer by 25% by the year 2000. In her foreword to the latest report of the programme, for the year 2000, Yvette Cooper, undersecretary of state, states: “Breast cancer mortality in England and Wales decreased by 21.3% between 1990 to 1998, and it is estimated that 30% of this reduction was due to breast screening.”1 But 30% of …
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