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Letters Screening for breast cancer

Always something missing in this debate

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 19 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4450
  1. Paul Hewitson, senior researcher1
  1. 1Primary Care Education Research Group, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF
  1. paul.hewitson{at}

    McPherson correctly asserts that proponents and opponents of screening are fighting a misplaced propaganda battle,1 but the controversy will not be silenced by “dispassionate epidemiologists” agreeing on the best estimate for the effectiveness of breast screening. Even if this happened, the estimate (and associated outcomes) would need to be conveyed to …

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