The news in the UK yesterday was all about a report suggesting that breast cancer is over diagnosed, but on balance screening is still worth doing.
The full news story is here.
For what it’s worth, I think it’s always worth knowing, providing that we remember that:
- no-one can be sure of anything where cancer is concerned. Even the medics -especially the medics- are working on the basis of educated guesswork and probability a lot of the time.
- as people diagnosed with cancer we are allowed to ask questions like ‘what happens if I do nothing’.
- it’s very easy for people not about to have treatment to say ‘better safe than sorry’. Although, annoyingly, that’s true.
I put my two penn’orth in with Anne Leuchers at BBC Radio Newcastle yesterday. I’m about 75 minutes in, here.