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:
Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence believes doctors do not give enough information or support to women at risk of miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. NICE says that the NHS should consider setting up dedicated services for pregnant women who may have an ectopic pregnancy or who experience pain or bleeding in their first trimester. This is according to their December 2012 guideline on the diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage in early pregnancy.
Is the “NHS ‘Masking’ Number Of Patients Dying Of Cancer Treatment”?
Lord Saatchi, who is attempting to introduce new legislation to enable doctors to carry out alternative treatments without fear of litigation, said that more than 15,000 people could be dying annually in the UK because of cancer treatments rather than the illness itself, but official figures only classify the underlying cancer as the cause of death.
On International Clinical Trials Day, the NIHR promotes its “OK to ask” campaign
International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near the 20 May each year, to commemorate the day that James Lind started his famous trial on the deadly disease scurvy. It provides a focal point to raise awareness of the importance of research to health care, and highlights how partnerships between patients and healthcare practitioners are vital to high-quality, relevant research.
On International Clinical Trials Day, the NIHR promotes its “OK to ask” campaign to encourage patients and the public to ask medical professionals about clinical research.
During 2013/14 The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is promoting the fact that it’s OK to ask about clinical research. The campaign is aimed at patients, medical professionals and the public. Everyone can get involved and help spread the word that it’s OK to ask about clinical research. f you have a medical condition and are undergoing treatment, the NHS would like you to ask your family doctor, nurse or consultant about clinical research, and whether it might be right for you.
New criminal offence to stop NHS hospitals ‘fiddling’ figures to be introduced
” … A new criminal offence to stop NHS hospitals “fiddling” official figures is to be introduced by ministers in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal… … Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is to announce that senior NHS managers and hospital trusts will be held criminally liable if they manipulate figures on waiting times or death rates … ”