Why 30,000 cases of cancer are over-diagnosed in Australia every year

Original article by Jill Margo
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 28-Jan-20

Almost 30,000 cases of cancer may be over-diagnosed in Australia each year, according to a study published in the ‘Medical Journal of Australia’. Those involved in the study contend that eliminating over-diagnosis altogether is unlikely, but changes in public health policy are needed to help reduce the incidence of it. The term ‘over-diagnosis’ refers to the detection of cancers that, if left untreated, would not turn out to be life-threatening for the person concerned. Cancer Council Australia CEO Sanchia Aranda suggests that most people would prefer over-diagnosis of cancer to under-diagnosis.


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