Are we educating women to be afraid? UK health reporter questions the value of simplistic screening messages

Margaret McCartney

Breast screening programmes won’t work if women don’t attend. But can this justify campaigns that exaggerate both the risk of getting breast cancer and the benefits of screening? Margaret McCartney believes not. She won a Best Cancer Reporter Award for her article, Reality Check, which was first published in the Financial Times weekend supplement, and is reprinted below.

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