Over-Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

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In a recent article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) dated July 29, 2013, the authors bring light to the issue of over-diagnosis and over-treatment of breast cancer.The authors pr…

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Over-Diagnosis of Breast Cancer 
by Dr. Thomas Bakondy 

In a recent article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) dated July 29, 2013, the authors bring light to the issue of over-diagnosis and over-treatment of breast cancer.

The authors propose the definition of breast cancer should only apply to those breast cancers that have the ability to metastasize (spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body) and cause death to the patient.  As such, the authors note that there are some pre-cancerous breast conditions and some breast cancers that will never metastasize and cause death, and therefore may not need treatment.  Currently, however, almost all breast cancers are being treated as if they have the same potential to metastasize and cause death.

See on www.breastinvestigators.com

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