Too Much Medical Care: Bad for You, Bad for Health Care Systems

June 16, 2017

(STAT News) – My work focuses on cancer screening (which means checking seemingly healthy people for signs of hidden cancer) and its disturbing side effect: cancer overdiagnosis. It turns out that for some cancers — particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, and melanoma — the number of people who have it is a function of how thoroughly we examine them. The harder we look, the more cancer we find. Yet most of these extra “cancers” are less likely to affect health.

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