Latest Overdiagnosis Stories

2008-06-25 03:02:10

By Segall, George M The fastest-growing clinical application of molecular imaging is the evaluation of tumor metabolism using ^sup 18^F-FDG. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) includes PET or PET/CT in 18 of its 31 practice guidelines. This reflects the large escalation we saw in the applications and capabilities of PET after the introduction of hybrid scanners in 2000 and 2001. Whereas the annual number of CT procedures in the United States has risen to 60 million or more,...

2006-08-09 17:15:00

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Researchers say they have developed a test that can predict with near certainty whether the most common form of lung cancer will return after surgery. The new test could save tens of thousands of lives every year by letting doctors prescribe more aggressive treatments for patients whose cancers are likely to reappear, the team of scientists who developed it at Duke University said. Called the Lung Metagene Predictor and described in this week's New England...

2005-09-21 17:00:00

NEW YORK -- Men like cyclist Lance Armstrong and comedian Tom Green who survived testicular cancer are at increased risk of developing other types of cancer for at least 35 years after being diagnosed with the original disease, a new analysis shows. The study also showed for the first time a greater risk of malignant mesothelioma, a cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, and esophagus cancer among testicular cancer survivors, likely due to the outdated practice of treating these patients...

2005-08-04 16:42:33

New research published online by the BMJ today (Thursday 4 August 2005) suggests that melanoma is being overdiagnosed in the United States. The incidence of melanoma of the skin is rising faster than any other major cancer in the United States. In 2002 "“ the most recent year of data - the incidence was about six times that in 1950, but some dermatologists suspect that this rise may reflect more skin biopsies, not more disease. Researchers examined skin biopsy rates between 1986 and...

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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.