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MP and former GP challenges Uruguay’s compulsory breast screening programme

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 08 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6624
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. London

Uruguay’s government is being challenged to end its compulsory breast screening programme, after a court ruled that one woman with concerns about possible harms caused by mammography should be exempt.

On 6 December Daniel Radio, a deputy in the opposition Independent party and a former GP, presented a bill to parliament for legislation to ensure that women are asked for their informed consent to undergo screening for breast cancer and are not penalised if they refuse to give it.

Uruguay’s compulsory policy, introduced in 2006 under …

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