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Experts warn of dangers of overdiagnosis and treatment of cancer
Washington Post

Improved screening has resulted in the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancers that are not life-threatening, without significantly reducing the death rate from the disease, and the time has come to alter how cancer is detected, treated and defined, a panel of medical experts said Monday.

“Screening and patient awareness have increased the chance of identifying a spectrum of cancers, some of which are not life threatening,” a working group of the National Cancer Institute wrote in a commentary in the online version of the Journal of the American Medical Association.