Prof David Cameron
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Breast screening: Women need to know 'risks'

An independent review of the breast screening programme has called for women to be given better information about the risks involved.

Women in their 50s and 60s have been offered screening for the past 24 years.

The panel found that the process prevents around 13,000 deaths a year but it also leads to around 4,000 women receiving treatment for non life-threatening cancers - some of them die as a result of the therapy they are given.

Prof David Cameron, the National Cancer Director at the Department for Health, said the report provided clarity.

  • 30 Oct 2012