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Dear BreastScreen New South Wales & NSW Electoral Roll,
Ever since I have turned 50, I have been bombarded (thanks a lot, NSW Electoral Roll, for allowing access to my data!) with advice to get myself down to your nearest mobile mammogram van for screening purposes - and resolutely I have refused.
No, no, no, and I've been saying this for over 3 years now.
Of course as is customary in Australia, my wishes have been completely ignored due to an expectation that I will comply with your jolly summons. However as is customary with me, I invoke my right to express my informed refusal and therefore I continue to decline your services.
I have both ignored you and written to you in an attempt to unsubscribe from your mailing list but to no avail. I am still getting your spam - endless reminders and invitations, even missives of concern inquiring whether I didn't receive your last one or perhaps overlooked your first letter way back in the day when I toasted my arrival into my 6th decade!
No I haven't been 'overlooking' and I don't need 'reminding' - I just don't want your mail or mammogram period
Moreover I feel quite reassured that my current position of refusal is informed when I read Dr Peter Gøtzsche's reflections especially where he says, "it is getting more and more difficult to argue that it is reasonable to attend for breast screening."
There we have it - so please please please...desist telling me that it only takes a short time and may save my life, I TRULY DON'T WANT TO BE COMMUNICATED WITH...OR SCREENED.