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Conspiracy of Hope

Conspiracy of Hope

An explosive book that exposes the truth about breast cancer screening.

For decades, women have been told that mammograms save lives. Yet many scientists say that this is in fact not true. Conspiracy of Hope reveals how breast cancer screening was introduced in the US before there was any good evidence it made any difference, and an unfounded belief in early detection caught on quickly in Canada and other developed countries. Today the evidence is starkly clear. Screening does more harm than good. Still women, and their doctors, continue to buy into a myth perpetuated by greed, fear, and wishful thinking.

Conspiracy of Hope illustrates how a vortex of interests came together to make breast screening standard medical practice and why it's so hard to persuade them they are wrong. The radiologists, the imaging machinery manufacturers, and the pink ribbon charities are all part of that story. It is a tale of back-stabbing and intrigue, of exploiting fear and hope, while distorting and misrepresenting the evidence. Or simply ignoring it.


Renée Pellerin is a former award-winning television producer whose roles included heading CBC News' Health Unit and producing investigative documentaries for CBC's Marketplace. She has taught journalism at the University of Regina and Ryerson University and holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of King's College in Halifax. She lives in Toronto.

288 pages
Pub date: October 2, 2018