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Government is “losing its grip” of cancer screening services, say MPs

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2168 (Published 10 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2168

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Re: Government is “losing its grip” of cancer screening services, say MPs

Yet again a high uptake of screening is used as a measure of success in the government's screening programme. It has been acknowledged that there is no evidence that, for example, screening for breast cancer reduces all-cause mortality. Why not change the criteria for success to the number of women who make a decision on screening based on full unbiased information?

Ref: Marmot et al
Br J Cancer. 2013 Jun 11; 108(11): 2205–2240.

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 May 2019
Sarah L Wookey
GP
Médecins sans Frontières
20 William Lucy Way Oxford OX2 6EQ