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Doctors debate whether to stop calling low-risk tumors ‘cancer’

Certain tumors labeled as “cancer” aren’t life-threatening and should be called something else instead, some doctors believe.

When patients receive a cancer diagnosis, they naturally become anxious. But with modern medicine, some tumors have become so treatable and so low-risk that unnecessary anxiety could be avoided if the medical community stopped referring to them as “cancer,” says cancer surgeon Dr. Laura Esserman of the University of California, San Francisco.