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Seven days in medicine: 5-11 December

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6665

Saturday 5th

Screening for early breast cancer may reduce invasive cancer Treating women found to have ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) after mammography may prevent subsequent invasive breast cancer, a study of more than five million women in the UK breast screening programme found. For every three women found to have DCIS, invasive interval cancers were one fewer in the next three years, the analysis found. The results showed that a substantial proportion of DCIS would become invasive if untreated, said the lead author, Stephen Duffy. (See The BMJ’s full story at doi:10.1136/bmj.h6576. See also Five minutes with . . . Stephen Duffy at doi:10.1136/bmj.h6637.)

Sunday 6th

Unacceptable mental healthcare placements Norman Lamb, the former health minister, called it an “outrage” that more than 2000 people a month in England are admitted to hospital for mental illness outside their local mental health trust. A quarter of these are inpatients at least 30 miles from their home area. Lamb told the Observer newspaper, “This would never, ever happen with a physical health …

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