Breast screening is beneficial, panel concludes, but women need to know about harms

Re: Breast screening is beneficial, panel concludes, but women need to know about harms

8 November 2012

I have had it pointed out to me that the closing paragraph of Professor Amanda Ramirez` and Dr. Lindasy Forbes` rapid response to Nigel Hawkes news item [1] states: “This approach has had the full support of the NEW [my emphasis] cancer screening information advisory committee, chaired by Professor Sir Mike Richards. The committee will have final oversight of the new invitation for breast screening and accompanying information leaflet which is being developed with the principle of promoting informed choice at its core.”

I am wondering whether this means that this “new cancer screening advisory committee” supersedes and replaces the Advisory Group (of which I am a member) to Informed Choice about Cancer Screening (ICCS) at King`s Health Partners (KHP), www.kingshealthpartners.org/info/informed-choice-about, which was appointed early in 2012 to oversee and govern “A new approach to developing information about NHS Cancer Screening Programmes”? It may be that it is in addition to the one of which I am a member. I have certainly not been told that the Advisory Group to which I belong has been disbanded, but I was unable to find on any website news about this “new advisory committee”.

I`m sure I`m not alone in wanting to know more about this “new” committee, being chaired by Professor Sir Mike Richards.

[1] Hawkes, N. Breast screening is beneficial, panel concludes, but women need to know about harms. BMJ 2012;345:e7330

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Hazel Thornton, Honorary Visiting Fellow, Department of Health Sciences

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