A recent study suggests there is a need to address the problem with overdiagnosis of cancers.
U.S. (WiredPRNew.com) – A recent review demonstrates a need to address an issue with cancer overdiagnosis according to authors of the review. As reported by HealthDay News, the review found that a number of breast, thyroid, prostate, lung, and other cancer case types may represent overdiagnosis.
Dr. H. Gilbert Welch and Dr. William Black, of the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt., and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, are quoted in the report as stating in a written news release from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, “Whereas early detection may well help some, it undoubtedly hurts others… Often the decision about whether or not to pursue early cancer detection involves a delicate balance between benefits and harms . . . different individuals, even in the same situation, might reasonably make different choices.”
More information about the review may be available in the April 22 online publication of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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