Thanks to Joe Stirt for this. This Washington Post article seems to suggest that there is at least a little bit of light emerging in the debate about breast screening.
But they don’t go far enough – breast screening causes harm, tangible, real harm, to women who are diagnosed with tumours that would never have harmed them. At the very least, there is a need for truly informed consent about what a woman is getting into when she signs up. Screening is no panacea; making an informed choice not to have screening is as valid a choice as any other. We haven’t yet made this fundamental clear in the UK. This is an urgent ethical problem.