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Letters Breast cancer screening

Publicity of NHS breast cancer screening programme is unfair

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d791

Breast screening leaflet not in use.

I received an invite for screening, with a leaflet, and knew of the
controversies. I emailed the service the next day as follows: "I have
received an appointment for screening on .... This email is to let you
know that I will not be attending this, or any other, appointment until
you have changed the 'The facts' leaflet. I would like to support those
who believe that this leaflet is misleading and does not clearly set out
both the risks and benefits of screening. Please leave me on your system
as this will keep me informed of the situation."

Later the same day (quite a coincidence) I was shocked to read this
BMJ letter and discover that there was a revised leaflet, dated December
2010. Not only was I not sent this leaflet, but the reply I received,
simply said "thank you for your feedback on the leaflet.

I fully agree that the new leaflet, which I was able to find via the
BMJ link, leaves much to be desired, but it is not even being used!

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 February 2011
Sue Richards
Oxford University