Can Cancer Early Detection Be A ‘Double-Edged Sword’?
The Wall Street Journal: Some Cancer Experts See 'Overdiagnosis,' Question Emphasis On Early Detection
Early detection has long been seen as a powerful weapon in the battle against cancer. But some experts now see it as double-edged sword. While it's clear that early-stage cancers are more treatable than late-stage ones, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening and advanced diagnostic tools are finding ever-smaller abnormalities in prostate, breast, thyroid and other tissues. Many are being labeled cancer or precancer and treated aggressively, even though they may never have caused harm (Beck, 9/14).