Overdiagnosis And Overtreatment Of Human Cancers – Professor Wendy Rogers, Macquarie University

Nov 7, 2019 | biology, health and medicine, trending

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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘Ethical issues raised by thyroid cancer overdiagnosis: A matter for public health?’ from Bioethics, a Wiley journal: https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12383

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As we develop ever more complex medical diagnostic tools and tests with ever increasing sensitivity, detection of disease becomes quicker and easier. However, recent work by Professor Wendy Rogers at Macquarie University in Australia and her team of international colleagues shows that the early detection of some cancers is not as beneficial as we might first think. Their work looks at the negative impact on patients and healthcare services when conditions are overdiagnosed, and they consider the complicated ethical issues surrounding this.


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