Medical testing: Drop the C-word to reduce anxiety and overtreatment

Posted by on August 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Categories: health

Medical researchers are calling for the word ‘cancer’ to be dropped from some doctor-patient conversations in a bid to reduce patient anxiety and harm from over treatment. The appeal follows mounting evidence that patients who are told they have ‘cancer’ for low risk conditions more often choose surgery than those whose condition is described with terms such as ‘lesions’ or ‘abnormal cells’.

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