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Letters Breast cancer awareness month

Still awaiting screening facts

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 02 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6152
  1. Michael Baum, professor emeritus of surgery and visiting professor of medical humanities1,
  2. Hazel Thornton, independent lay advocate for quality in research and healthcare2,
  3. Peter C Gøtzsche, professor of clinical research design and analysis and director3
  4. on behalf of Susan Bewley, Karsten Juhl Jørgensen, Alexandra Barratt, Nick Ross, Steven Woloshin, Lisa Schwartz, Toni Musiello, Mitzi Blennerhassett, Maryann Napoli, Cornelia J Baines, Jayant S Vaidya, Norman Williams, Daphne Havercroft, Per-Henrik Zahl, Michael Retsky, Robert M Kaplan, Mary Dixon-Woods Donald A Berry, Keith Isaacson, Diana Brahams, Miriam Pryke, Gillian Tindall, David A Bender, Tom Marshall.
  1. 1University College London (UCL), London, UK
  2. 2Colchester CO5 7EA, UK
  3. 3Nordic Cochrane Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. michael{at}

On 19 February 2009 we wrote a letter in the Times calling for the leaflet, Breast Screening: the Facts, to be rewritten because none of the invitations for screening told the truth about its harms and benefits.1 Two days later the Times reported that the national …

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