Women need better information on routine mammography

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7419.869 (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:869

Authors' reply

  1. Hazel Thornton, honorary visiting fellow (hazelcagct@aol.com),
  2. Adrian Edwards, reader,
  3. Michael Baum, visiting professor of medical humanities
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 6TP
  2. Department of Primary Care, University of Wales Swansea Clinical School, Swansea SA2 8PP
  3. Academic Department of Surgery, University College London, London W1P 7PL

    EDITOR—Responses to our paper identify the problems that underlie any attempt to produce honest, good quality information for healthy potential participants in routine mammography screening programmes. These hinge on the central question about the uncertainty of whether screening does more harm than good. Even so, current shortcomings in information provided are confirmed and identified, and constructive, practical suggestions for improvements offered.

    In contrast to …

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