NHSBSP responds to British Medical Journal paper

Published 29th July, 2011

NHSBSP responds to allegations made in the BMJ on international comparisons of mortality rates in countries with different levels of screening.

Prof Julietta Patnick CBE, Director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes:
"We can't comment on screening programmes in other countries but here in England we do know that the best evidence available shows that women aged 50-69 who are regularly screened are less likely to die from breast cancer.

The World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates that there is a 35 per cent reduction in mortality from breast cancer among screened women aged 50-69 years old; and in England, the independent Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer Screening (ACBCS) estimates breast screening saves 1,400 lives each year."

BMJ article can be viewed here.

For further information, please contact the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes' press office on 020 7400 4499 or e-mail .