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New test could help prevent unnecessary breast cancer treatment
Daily Democrat

Researchers believe they have identified a molecule that could be key to preventing over-treatment of breast cancer by revealing when the early stage of the disease is likely to develop into its invasive form. Over-diagnosis and over-treatment has become a contentious issue, provoking impassioned argument between epidemiologists. Some have gone so far as to argue that the harm caused by needless diagnosis and damaging treatment for cancerous cells that would have gone away or never progressed to disease in the woman’s lifetime outweighs the number of lives saved.