Clarkson & Street-Porter: put down people with depression

I’m no fan of Ed Miliband , but I’m grateful for his speech  saying that mental health is a topic that should be discussed out in the open. He reports that the delightful Jeremy Clarkson refers to people who commit … Continue reading

Breast Cancer Screening – damned if you do, damned if you don’t ?

English: A series of six illustrations showing...

English: A series of six illustrations showing how to do breast self examination (BSE) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the news today is something that will matter to ALL women. A report on breast cancer screening and treatment has been issued in The Lancet that says: “women are having dangerous and unnecessary surgical procedures following screening”.

So, I looked a little deeper. The “dangerous” and “unnecessary” procedures are operations to have cancerous lumps removed in the early stages of development. These lumps may not grow any further – but they might. If they did, you’d be in for lump removal, possible breast removal and the delights of chemo-therapy.

So the “choice” they want to give us women is: A. Get the lump removed before it develops further


B. Wait to see if it starts growing and spreading and then deal with it (and the consequences, in my view, could be a lot more dangerous and unpleasant.)

I’ll go for “A” thanks! Who would want to go for “B”? Surely the point of screening is to catch a cancer in good time, before it grows and kills you?

Can you imagine them giving the same “choice” to men with prostate or testicular cancer? I don’t think so!

I’m not a Doctor, I may have misunderstood what I have heard and read today; but it sounds to be like an excuse to save money – at the expense of women with cancerous breast lumps. The fact that the author is called Dr David Cameron makes me suspicious!

I’m sure that no woman would want to have chunks cut out of her breast for no reason, but what’s the alternative? If the lump is cancerous, wouldn’t most of us want to have surgery as a precaution? Even if there is a chance it might not develop further? There’s a chance it could, too!

Otherwise, how anxiety provoking would it be to know your breast has cancer in it and have to keep getting it checked in case it grows? Some of these cancers metastasize FAST.

Interestingly, the cancer charities have all recommended that we go ahead with screening. I think so too.

What are your views?

SKYFALL – the death of Bond

WARNING: THIS REVIEW  INCLUDES SOME SPOILERS. James Bond was a franchise that reminded me of a sophisticated, beautiful, intelligent, urbane woman; dressed impeccably, seen at the most upmarket and exotic locations, smooth and mysterious with a little twinkle in her … Continue reading

Glitter arrested in Savile case- who’s next?

As expected, Gary Glitter is the first person arrested in the Savile investigation. I hope that he doesn’t provide a convenient scapegoat to cover up rumblings about a Paedophile ring that is linked to No. 10, a British Prime Minister … Continue reading

Broken Britain – a place to abuse the vulnerable?

care workers found guilty of abuse today

The care home workers found guilty today for abusing vulnerable people in their care I must be getting old, because the news is making me so angry. Railing against society is usually the preserve of those in their teens and … Continue reading

Panorama – The Savile Investigation

I watched the Panorama documentary last night feeling quite sick every time Jimmy Savile was shown touching or messing around with young girls. The culture of the BBC was also exposed to be a blind eye turning, predominantly still sexist, … Continue reading