The findings of a study examining 39 years of breast cancer death rates have hit the headlines, with The Guardian reporting that, ‘Breast cancer screening not shown to reduce deaths.’ The value of breast cancer screening has been the subject of debate for many years.
While the overall reporting on the findings of the review was accurate, most of the headlines focused on the negative findings – the problem of overdiagnosis. The NHS shares its views on the findings of the independent panel that reviewed the benefits and harms of breast cancer screening in the UK.
In the article “Breast cancer screening may not reduce deaths“, the NHS responds to the following questions:
Lisa Krugman, 58, has been a cancer survivor since 1979, when at 23 she was diagnosed with cervical and ovarian cancer and underwent a complete hysterectomy. Her doctors speculated her cancer was associated with her mother having taken DES (Diethylstilbestrol, a synthetic form of estrogen) while pregnant with her daughter. Five years ago, Lisa was diagnosed with jaw cancer, which could also have its roots in DES.
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Florence, une jeune femme de 38 ans est victime d’une fausse-couche au 6ème moi de sa grossesse. Le résultat de son hystérogrpahie révèle une malformation. La cause serait le Ditalmide: un médicament sensé prévenir les fausses couches, interdit aux Etats-Unis dès 1971 et, en France, seulement 6 ans plus tard.
More than 99% of cases of cervical cancer are caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). Doctors say that because the new HPV tests find abnormalities – and increased risk of cancer – at an earlier stage, most women will be able to undergo smear tests far less often, after receiving a negative result.
Publié début 2013, le rapport de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé sur ces perturbateurs endocriniens fera date : après l’avoir lu, impossible de minimiser les risques que nous font courir ces substances. ”
” We’ve been doing the HPV test in our office for about 7 years,” said Dr. Jay Staub, ” and I’ve actually have negative paps for 5 to 7 to 10 years in a row and had an HPV test that was positive and actually had cervical cancer. So, I think we’re headed in that direction. We just don’t have the data yet. I think we’re going to see studies that indicate that the HPV test is probably more accurate as a primary screen. “
The American medical system is corrupt, ineffective and unnecessarily costly
” The American medical system is corrupt, ineffective and unnecessarily costly. These outcomes are due to state violence on behalf of the politically connected elite (namely private insurers, physicians, pharmaceutical and medical device companies). Artificial scarcity, price-gouging, misallocation of research funding and the suppression of alternative (non-patentable) therapies can be ameliorated by revoking state-conferred elite privilege and re-establishing cooperative, mutualized healthcare financing. ”