Uruguay’s mandatory breast cancer screening for working women aged 40-59 is challengedBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1907 (Published 21 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1907
- Sophie Arie
A woman in Uruguay is challenging the obligation for working women aged between 40 and 59 years to be screened for breast cancer every two years.
A decree issued in 2006 by the then president, Tabaré Vázquez, an oncologist, made biennial screening for breast cancer a part of a series of regular, state funded health checks that female employees must complete to get the “health card” that all workers need.
A 52 year old state sector computer engineer is the first person known to have refused screening. She recently began legal proceedings to seek …