A new study suggests that a number of patients with breast cancer are overtreated.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – A number of patients diagnosed with breast cancer are reportedly overtreated. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), a new study suggests that one out of every three breast cancer patients are treated unnecessarily.
As noted by the AP, researchers found that many breast cancer patients may not require treatment due to their condition not being symptomatic, depending on the cancer type. However, distinguishing between those which are, and those which are not harmful is reportedly difficult, therefore all cases are treated. Karsten Jorgensen with the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, who assisted in research for the study of breast cancer trends, is quoted in the report as stating, “This information needs to get to women so they can make an informed choice… There is a significant harm in making women cancer patients without good reason.”
More information about the study may be available in the Friday publication of the BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.
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