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Letters Breast cancer screening review

We need scientific consensus founded on all the evidence

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 22 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7529
  1. Klim McPherson, professor of public health1
  1. 1New College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. klim.mcpherson{at}

Although Richards’s independent review of the evidence on this important policy for women—including the screening publicity—is welcome, it is long overdue.1 2 For many years maturing trials, proper scrutiny, and new independent studies have increasingly questioned the bases on which the decision to implement screening was made in the 1980s. It is obviously incumbent on those responsible for screening policy to ensure that it—and the information—take account …

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