Letters Fall in breast cancer deaths

A cause for celebration, and caution

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2126 (Published 27 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2126
  1. Karsten Juhl Jørgensen, researcher1,
  2. John Brodersen, lecturer2,
  3. Margrethe Nielsen, PhD student1,
  4. Ole J Hartling, consultant3,
  5. Peter C Gøtzsche, director1
  1. 1Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. 2Department of General Practice, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. 3Department of Nuclear Medicine, Vejle Sygehus, Denmark
  1. kj{at}cochrane.dk

    The figure in the news item by Mayor shows that UK breast cancer mortality has fallen steadily since 1989.1 According to Cancer Research UK, the NHS breast screening programme has contributed, but it was introduced in 1988, only a year before the decline began.1 Screening works through advancing the time of detection, and …

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