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More Benign Names for Cancer

Thursday, August 1, 2013   (0 Comments)
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  What's In a Word? Quite a Lot if it's "Cancer”

A working group from the National Cancer Institute recommends changing the definition of cancer and eliminating the word cancer from some common diagnoses. The recommendations, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that many lesions detected during cancer screenings for the breast, cancer, thyroid and lung should not be called cancer but should be reclassified as "indolent lesions of epithelial origin,” or IDLE. Many experts worry that too many people undergoing harmful and disfiguring treatments for precancerous conditions that are unlikely to ever cause harm. Other experts disagree with the proposed changes. Read Tara Parker-Pope's New York Times story "Scientists Seek to Rein in Diagnosis of Cancer.”

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