with Professor Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus of Surgery and visiting Professor of Medical Humanities in University College London (UCL)
Wednesday 27th April 2022, 14:00–15:00 BST
NCITA are delighted to welcome you to our new NCITA online educational lecture series ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’, where experts will bring their perspectives to encourage and challenge wider thinking within the cancer imaging research community.
Our guest speaker for the first lecture is Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus of Surgery and visiting Professor of Medical Humanities at UCL. Prof. Baum is a surgical oncologist and expert in breast cancer research. He has devoted his life to improving women’s health.
Prof. Baum was one of the pioneers of screening for breast cancer in 1987/88 and chaired the National advisory committee for screening for prostate cancer for 15 years. He and his team were also the first to demonstrate the effectiveness of adjuvant tamoxifen for early breast cancer, which has contributed to a 30% reduction in breast cancer mortality.
Since his integral role in the setup of the British National Health Service Breast Screening Program (NHSBSP), Prof. Baum has also been one of its key critics, arguing for several reasons why screening for breast cancer does not necessarily save lives.
In this talk, Prof. Baum will discuss how breast cancer treatment has changed over the years, why he challenges the breast screening program, and when we as researchers should consider, and question, the wider implications of established and well-known interventions.
The blog and recording of the lecture can be found on the NCITA news page.