Cécile Bour MD, 15 June 2020
The question was asked by Quebec scientists in the newspaper Le Devoir.
Not everyone benefits from screening, especially if it is a screening whose risk-benefit balance is increasingly questioned in view of the cumulative risks, and in view of the benefit that is less and less proven with the hindsight we now have on breast cancer screening campaigns.
This pause in screening could be an opportunity for research, to reflect on information for women without alarmism or threats towards them, to ask the right questions about the use of financial resources in health care towards procedures and tools that are proven beneficial to populations, as the Quebec signatories conclude:
"The current context must be used to question more broadly our choices in the offer of clinical services in order to prioritize interventions that have demonstrated effectiveness and concrete benefits for patients.”
Read also the analysis of :
-Judith Garber https://lowninstitute.org/reduced-cancer-screenings-in-covid-19/
-Susan Bewley https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/04/14/susan-bewley-things-should-never-be-the-same-again-in-the-screening-world/
-John Horgan https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/the-cancer-industry-hype-vs-reality/