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The panel said the over-diagnosis and over-treatment concern also extends to precancerous conditions that have only a small percentage chance of becoming cancer
“You have Cancer…” is the phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of all of us. But if your doctor told you “you have “indolent lesions of epithelial origin,” or IDLE” you probably wouldn’t get so scared. Confused maybe but not scared.
According to the articles linked an excerpted below, a substantial percentage of the 1.6 million cancer diagnoses annually (2013) are “unlikely to be lethal.” Unfortunately when we hear the word cancer our inclination is to treat aggressively at a cost to our minds, bodies and to our wallets.
The key to this issue is to learn your stage at diagnosis. Your survival and therapy plan will be based on your stage.
Further, get a second opinion. One oncologist/pathologist may have a different diagnosis/prognosis from another.
To put the issue of overdiagnosis and overtreatment in perspective, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 74 back in 2003. Being a cancer survivor myself the first question out of my mouth was “what stage of breast cancer was your diagnosis?” Long-story short, my mom, an intelligent, college educated, curious person didn’t know her stage of BC at diagnosis. Mom’s oncologist would put mom through a lumpectomy, radiation and five years of an aromatase inhibitor. Numerous studies document that radiation doesn’t affect overall survival in early BC. My mom went through years of pain for no reason.
I am a cancer survivor and cancer coach. Numerous evidence-based, non-toxic foods, supplements, and lifestyle therapies can help you reduce your risk of IDLE becoming cancer.
Were you diagnosed with DCIS, early stage prostate, lung or thyroid cancers that were not fatal cancer? Do you think any/all cancers should be aggressively treated?
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“Removing the word “cancer” from the terminology used for many slow-growing lesions in the breast, prostate, lung, skin and other body areas could ease patients’ fears and reduce the inclination of doctors to treat them aggressively, says a panel of experts advising the National Cancer Institute.
The group, writing in the journal Lancet Oncology, says new diagnostic technology is finding ever smaller abnormalities that are unlikely to be lethal, but are being labeled cancer and treated as if they were. The result: billions of dollars in unnecessary surgery, radiation and chemotherapy...
“People have to get over the concept that early detection saves lives,” said Laura Esserman…