Tag Archives: breast cancer

Measuring success in cancer screening

One of the more polarised debates about healthcare – and one that shows no sign of reaching consensus – is whether screening healthy people for signs of cancer does more good than harm. This month (breast cancer awareness month, in case you hadn’t noticed) has brought another flurry of accusations that breast cancer screening is […]

Is it worth going for breast cancer screening?

The debate over breast cancer screening is not for the faint-hearted. Professor Michael Baum, an eminent cancer surgeon who helped set up the UK cancer screening programme, told me once about what happened when he spoke to an audience of women in the US about his doubts about mammography. ‘They threw chairs at me,’ he […]

Research that matters

When I worked at Doctor newspaper, I started a series called Research That Matters, which I was rather proud of. It looked at research papers that scored highly for reliability, relevance and practicality to GPs. It assessed them using a points system, awarding points for size of study, reliability of method, relevance of study group […]

A lot more complicated

The great Bad Science blogger, Ben Goldacre, once produced teeshirts proclaiming: ‘I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that.’ It’s a sentiment that can be applied to just about every medical story, and one that may yet lead us in some weird directions. On Monday, I was at the Royal Society, to […]