Article by Hannah Bellamy
Once again, Breast Cancer Awareness month has come to an end. And, apart from promoting the ongoing love affair between breast cancer and pink, what have we achieved?
The history and mammograms
According to Wikipedia, Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, who have since merged with another organisation. The aim of the month was to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
We are now in a time when mammograms and their effectiveness in saving lives are being brought into question- Prof Sir Mike Richards, the government’s cancer chief, is launching an investigation into our screening programme; its benefits and the...