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Expert criticises new NHS breast cancer screening leaflet

The new breast cancer screening leaflet for women, which was updated in September 2013, still fails to spell out the true risks of mammography and denies women the chance to make a properly informed choice, according to Susan Bewley, Professor of Complex Obstetrics at King’s College London. 

In a news article published by the BMJ, Professor Bewley is reported as saying that 'the leaflet does not contain crucial information derived by an independent panel last year: that for every 15 women who are given a diagnosis through screening and who will undergo treatment, only one life will be saved while three women will have been treated unnecessarily.'

Read the full article here.