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Letters Breast screening overdiagnosis

Protocols are evidence based

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3262
  1. Hilary M Dobson, chairman and clinical director, West of Scotland Breast Screening Service1,
  2. Jeremy St J Thomas, lead breast pathologist2
  1. 1Quality Assurance Reference Centre, Scottish Breast Screening Programme
  2. 2NHS Lothian
  1. hilary.dobson{at}

    The editorial accompanying the paper by Jørgensen and Gøtzsche indicates the challenges to identify the numbers of non-lethal breast cancers detected by screening, a question which remains unanswered by the paper.1 2

    More extensive scrutiny of the authors’ adjustments for the known rising incidence …

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