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Breast screening programme to be reviewed

Many news sources have reported that a “major review” of the NHS breast screening programme is to take place. BBC News said “the evidence for breast cancer screening in the UK is being reviewed amid controversy about the measure's effectiveness”.

The news of the review comes from Professor Sir Mike Richards, national cancer director at the Department of Health, who discusses it in an open letter in the BMJ. It follows criticism of the current screening programme by some doctors who believe that by throwing up some false results, screening may be doing more harm than good.