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Overdiagnosis Of Illnesses Is Harmful
2012-05-31 07:23:20

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com For some time, prevention and early detection were thought to be the best ways to treat illnesses. However, a new study describes how these two factors have unknowingly driven up the number of overdiagnoses. In a feature published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Ray Moynihan, a Senior Research Fellow at Bond University in Australia, states that "overdiagnosis poses a significant threat to human health by labeling healthy people as sick and wasting...

Expert Medical Panel Urges Doctors To Stop PSA Cancer Screenings
2012-05-22 10:55:33

An expert US medical panel has given its final word on the PSA test, a controversial screening procedure used to detect prostate cancer in men, recommending that doctors should no longer perform the test on healthy men because they are more likely to be harmed by the test itself than be helped. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) gave its recommendation on the stoppage of the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test following a public comment period. It gave the test a D rating --...

2012-05-01 09:38:12

Mammograms might benefit women in their 40s with family history or dense breasts Choosing when to start regular breast cancer screening is a complicated decision for individual women and their providers. For most women, increasing age is the biggest risk factor for breast cancer, which is much more common at age 60 than at 40. But two new articles on other risk factors may inform guidelines and clinical practice about screening mammography from age 40 to 49. The articles in the May 1...

2012-04-03 08:53:04

Late-stage disease incidence not reduced by screening New Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research suggests that routine mammography screening–long viewed as an essential tool in detecting early breast cancers–may in fact lead to a significant amount of overdiagnosis of disease that would otherwise have proved harmless. Based on a study of women in Norway, the researchers estimate that between 15% and 25% of breast cancer cases are overdiagnosed. The study appears in...

2012-03-27 20:40:42

Growth rates of lung cancers found by annual rounds of computed tomography (CT) screening are important for determining the usefulness and frequency of screening, as well as for determining the treatment. According to the latest report from the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) published online in the journal Radiology, lung cancers diagnosed in annual repeat rounds of CT screening are similar–both in volume doubling time and cell-type distribution– to those...

2012-03-21 14:13:03

Results from one of the longest-running national breast cancer screening programs have shown that it has contributed to a drop in deaths from the disease, that any harm caused by the screening, such as false positives and over-diagnosis, has been limited, and that the costs have been reasonable. The Dutch population-based mammography breast cancer screening program began in 1989, and today (Wednesday) Mr Jacques Fracheboud, a senior researcher at the Erasmus University Medical Center...

2012-03-05 23:11:37

Immaturity may lead to diagnosis of disorder The youngest children in the classroom are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – and prescribed medication – than their peers in the same grade, according to a study just published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). ADHD, which is often treated with prescription medication, is the most commonly diagnosed behavioural disorder in children. Two recent studies...

2012-02-28 14:54:01

Treatment is not always warranted for older men with prostate cancer and a short life expectancy, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in the Feb. 27 Archives of Internal Medicine. "Treatment can do more harm than good in some instances," said senior author on the study Cary Gross, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine at Yale School of Medicine. "Among men who are older and have less aggressive forms of prostate cancer, their cancer is unlikely to progress or cause them...

2012-02-23 18:00:42

Patient information reveals women, young people, ethnic minorities and people with less common cancers have the highest number of pre-referral consultations More than three quarters (77%) of cancer patients who first present to their family doctors (GPs) with suspicious symptoms are referred to hospital after only one or two consultations, a new study has found. However, the new research also shows a wide variation in the number of times a cancer patient sees their general practitioner...

2012-02-02 22:31:10

New study shows benefits of novel PSA velocity risk count testing for prostate cancer A new study by NYU Langone Medical Center and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows novel PSA velocity (PSAV) risk count testing may provide a more effective way for physicians to screen men for clinically significant prostate cancer. The new study, published online by the British Journal of Urology International on February 1, 2012, shows the benefits of tracking a man's PSA levels...


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