The Overdiagnosis of Cancer: When the Diagnosis Undermines the Quality of Life

The overdiagnosis of diseases like cancer provides no life-saving benefit yet can greatly decrease the patients’ quality of life because of the side effects of the treatments and unjustified fear of a disease that does not threaten their lives.

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Overdoing Prevention

The family physician, a dying breed, already replaced by better paid second- and third-line technical specialists then proactive laboratory-based preventive measures based on schedules to screen for anomalies in plasma molecules, in body images and soon in genetic material that treat the “molecules” rather than the patient — all to address risks that are almost certainly exaggerated.

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