Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oh my goodness could it be true?

The American Cancer Society, which has long advocated early cancer screening, is rethinking its message, according to The New York Times. Spurred in part by the new analysis, the cancer society is working on a message — to put on its Web site early next year — to emphasize that screening for breast and prostate cancer and certain other cancers can come with a real risk of overtreating many small cancers while missing cancers that are deadly.

Folks with all the talk about health care reform,  THIS little tid bit here could change the course of medicine and save hundreds of thousands of men and women from a needless diagnosis of cancer whilst saving the country millions if not billions of dollars.  

IF the american cancer society follows through on this and changes their "message" to match the available evidence,  ho boy look out.  

This is seriously deep dogma in medicine and if it changes that my friends will be the beginning of something.

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