Some cancer experts see 'overdiagnosis,' question emphasis on early detection.
Beck M. Wall Street Journal. September 14, 2014.
Overdiagnosis has emerged as a patient safety issue. Reporting on how the push for early identification of cancer has led to screening, detection, and treatment of tumors that may never cause harm, this newspaper article discusses the impact of unnecessary tests and treatment on patients and health systems. Researchers are working to design better tests to distinguish between benign abnormalities and cancers.
Diagnostic inaccuracy of smartphone applications for melanoma detection.
Wolf JA, Moreau J, Akilov O, et al. JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149:422-426.
Misdiagnosis is more common than drug errors or wrong-site surgery.
Boodman SG. Washington Post. May 6, 2013.
Missing a cancer diagnosis.
Gubar S. New York Times. January 2, 2014.
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