Letters Breast cancer screening review

Lessons from US reviews show impartiality is needed

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7539 (Published 22 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7539
  1. Cornelia J Baines, professor emerita1
  1. 1Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  1. cornelia.baines{at}utoronto.ca

The fate of previous independent breast screening reviews, such as the 1997 US National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference and the 2009 United States Preventive Services Task Force,1 2 offers a warning for the so called UK independent review.3 Whatever its conclusions, they will be criticised vociferously.4 Unfortunately, the …

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