Cancer patients 'over-diagnosed'

The UK breast screening programme may be damaging more women's lives than it saves and should be scrapped, according to a professor.

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Risks of breast cancer screening 'must be highlighted'

I welcome the fact that the review clearly recommends that breast screening should continue.

But the key thing is that we communicate this new information to women so they can make an informed choice for themselves.

NHS Cancer Screening programmes have already asked independent academics to develop new materials to give the facts in a clear, unbiased way.

I hope to see them in use in the next few months. If any woman has concerns about breast screening she should talk to her GP or health professional.

– Professor Sir Mike Richards, National Cancer Director

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