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Ramifications of screening for breast cancer: Consent for screening

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:728
  1. Michael Baum, professor emeritus of surgery (
  1. University College London Portland Hospital, London W1N 6AH

    EDITOR—In 1987, while I was professor of surgery at King's College London, I was given the task of establishing the first mammographic screening unit in southeast England. This followed the findings of the Forrest committee that were announced by Margaret Thatcher two weeks before a general election. My colleagues from the radiology department and I took great pride in setting up a purpose built unit at Camberwell Green, and within a year of receiving our instructions we were up and running and serving as the …

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