WHAT we do ?

We advocate for fair, neutral and independent information.

-We produce information material, downloadable brochures and information video can be found on our homepage. A wide variety of information resources, courses and clinical cases can also be found in the media library.

-We have carried out our own research study : Mastectomy in France, see analysis of the study.

-We have an educational activity and we engage in the training: educational action.

-We review, relay, summarize, comment and simplify all the most recent publications of the medical and science press in order to make them more accessible.

-We write articles on the multiple aspects of this topic. Indeed breast cancer screening affect the medical area, but it is also a feminist and feminine, philosophical and anthropological subject, as well as an economic, social and, unfortunately, commercial issue. We explain the little known and counter-intuitive concepts inherent in all screening, such as over-diagnosis, the most frightening outcome of mass screening. Our papers outline the conflicts of interest of the different parties involved in the screening process. A special section “opinion column” is devoted to the reflection of our toxicologist, Dr. Annette Lexa, who has an original extra-medical and epistemological view of the subject.

-We participate to workshops, interviews, public debates on the issue of screening and
respond to various invitations to attend conferences, medical meetings or training

-We write various articles for conventional and medical media to uncover the scientific controversy that has been going on for more than 20 years, and to relay the studies and writings of whistleblowers.

-We reply to the press, particularly during the month of October, but also beyond, when we are asked to do so.

-We carried out field activities and demonstrated our disagreement at the start of the “La Messine” race with banners and flyers distributed during the race on May 1, 2016.

-We reply to your requests made on the contact page.

Cancer Rose is also a newly founded non-profit organization whose mission is to support the action of our team, to which it is possible to adhere. https://cancer-rose.fr/soutenir/

Cancer Rose may offer lectures to interested groups of students, to the general public or to health professionals, and the presentations will be indeed, adapted to the applicant audience.

History of Cancer Rose

Cancer-Rose is a French non-profit organization under the presidency of Cécile Bour, Radiologist, whose mission is to inform women of the benefits and risks of organized breast cancer screening by mammography.

Cancer Rose Collective was founded in 2015 in response to misinformation and following October Rose marketing campaigns encouraging women to have screening mammograms, without providing them complete, objective and independent information on the risks and benefits of breast cancer screening.

Several doctors from Formindep (a French non-profit organization that advocates for doctors training and information independent of pharmaceutical industry) decided to found the collective and to take action in order to ensure that each woman receives independent and unbiased information, so that she can, in conscience and with full knowledge of the facts, decide for herself whether or not to get screened.

In 2015/2016, the collective participates in the citizen and scientific consultation organized by the Minister of Health Marisol Touraine, whose conclusion was the request to stop mammography screening in its current form; the citizens also requested that the information provided to women be independent and impartial.

The group has therefore created this website along with a free information brochure, a short leaflet and several videos. All this material is present on the home page of the site, and more importantly, all documents provide scientific references and well-identified sources, whose aim is to provide the most loyal, objective and complete information possible, containing points of view on all aspects of screening.

At the beginning of 2021 the collective creates in parallel the website in English to inform internationally about its activities, make connections and exchange points of view on the controversy concerning mass screening for breast cancer, with women and professionals outside France.

Since its creation, Cancer Rose has produced information material such as brochures, videos, posters, intended for both women and health professionals, the group has also participated in several national and international conferences, published on its website syntheses and analyses of international studies to make them accessible, carried out its own study on mastectomies in France, questioned the authorities, published opinion pieces, responded to the press (see “actions” page and “press” page), supervised thesis of medical students and a midwife, and above all answered many questions and provided the necessary support to women requesting it via the contact page.

Video, presentation of Cancer Rose :

A word from the President of the  Cancer Rose Organization, Dr. Cécile Bour, Radiologist (click ‘parameters’ for english subtitles):

“You have the freedom to get screened or not. Information on the balance benefit-risk is crucial for an informed choice. You must claim this information in order to make your choice. »

Places we like

France (In French)

Where you can find out more about breast cancer

  • Formindep
    Association under French law (loi 1901), for independent medical training and information, which brings together health professionals as well as citizens from all horizons, concerned about defending their healthcare against any influence that could be harmful to patients.
  • Jaddo
    “just after bear trainer”, site of a young generalist
  • Atoute.org
    Site of Dr Dupagne
  • Docteur du 16
    Docteur du 16, “general medicine, only general medicine”
  • Chroniques d’un jeune médecin quinquagénaire
    Site du Dr Blan

Other friends sites


BeWISE, DCIS411, blog de Donna Pinto

United States

#BeW I S E is a woman’s health initiative with an urgent public health mission — to ensure all women are properly informed about serious potential harms of breast cancer screening.
Donna Pinto, patient diagnosed with DCIS in 2011 created the blog DCIS 411 to help women world-wide receive the same information and resources I was emboldened by as well as to provide a space for emotional support and connection.

Lown Institute – United States

The Lown Institute is a nonpartisan think tank advocating bold ideas for a just and caring system for health, a system that  rejects low-value care, incentivizes healing over profits, promotes health equity, and honors the value of the clinician-patient relationship

HealthWatch-UK  Great Britain


HealthWatch is the UK charity that has been promoting science and integrity in healthcare since 1991 that acts against: misleading advertising of health products, the sale of unproven remedies to the vulnerable and desperate, unethical marketing by pharmaceutical companies, misconduct in clinical trials, media misinformation on health and nutrition, government promotion of health and screening programmes unsupported by evidence.

Cochrane – Denmark


Cochrane is a global independent not-for-profit organisation made up of a network of researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, and other people interested in health. The network with members in more than 130 countries gathers and summarizes the best evidence from research to help make informed choices about treatments and other health interventions.

Wiser Healthcare – Australia

Wiser Healthcare is a group of collaborating researchers based in Australia that aims to conduct research that will reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment in Australia and around the world. Among the areas they focus are the mammograms for early detection of breast cancer; Ultrasound, CT scanning and MRI scanning for early detection of thyroid cancer, PSA testing for early detection of prostate cancer.

Choosing wisely – Canada

Canadian organization, the national voice for reducing unnecessary tests and treatments in health care, part of a global movement which spans 20 countries across 5 continents.



Re-Check is a nonprofit organization specialized in investigating and mapping health affairs, founded by Catherine Riva et Serena Tinari, two journalist specialized in investigating health and medicine.

Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care


The Task Force develops rigorous, evidence-based preventive health care guidelines for primary care practitioners. The guidelines span a wide variety of topics, including recommendations on screening for breast, lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers, infectious diseases, and chronic health conditions.

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