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Ramifications of screening for breast cancer: More debate and better information still needed

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:728
  1. Hazel Thornton, honorary visiting fellow (
  1. Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester “Saionara,” Rowhedge, Colchester CO5 7EA

    EDITOR—Rather than end the debate about screening, as Dixon's editorial suggests,1 and look to the future, it would be preferable to raise the current level of debate by presenting balanced arguments, avoid misleading presentation of statistics, and consider current evidence about over-treatment2 and poor quality information.3 Efforts may have been made, as Dixon says, …

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