Preventing over-diagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy | this curious life | Scoop.it

OVER-DIAGNOSIS EPIDEMIC – In the first instalment of a ten-part series Ray Moynihan outlines the growing problem of over-diagnosis.If you haven’t heard much yet about the problem of over-diagnosis ......…...

 

'To put it simply, over-diagnosis happens when people are diagnosed with diseases or conditions that won’t actually harm them. It happens because some screening programs can detect “cancers” that will never kill, because sophisticated diagnostic technologies pick up “abnormalities” that will remain benign, and because we are routinely widening the definitions of disease to include people with milder symptoms, and those at very low risk.'