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Trial of breast cancer screening in younger women is necessary

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:148
  1. M D Lewars, Consultant radiologista
  1. a South Essex Breast Screening Service, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 0SB

    Editor—Baum has written an interesting letter1 in response to Fletcher's editorial pointing out the numerical value of screening under the age of 50.2 He may, however, have misinterpreted Fletcher's slant on the “wisdom of the organisers of the British trial.”

    My reading of the editorial suggested that the wisdom was in undertaking a trial rather than deciding on screening without a trial. I think it highly likely that his mathematics and the trial will coincide in proving that screening under the age of 50 has backing only from the emotive and from neither the scientific nor the economic communities.


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