What’s In A Name? Cancer – or Indolent Lesions of Epithelial Origin

“What’s In A Name? Cancer – or Indolent Lesions of Epithelial Origin.” By Jody Schoger, Michael S. Cowher, M.D., and Deanna J. Attai, M.D., F.A.C.S., BCSMCommunity.org.

What’s in a name? In the case of cancer, there are myths, fears and misinformation – more than perhaps any other illness. Cancer encompasses hundreds of different diseases and each one is complex. Not all cancers are equal and not all cancers are lethal. This essay highlights the recommendations of the 2012 National Cancer Institute working group recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer, An Opportunity for Improvement and makes additional points about breast cancer and ductal carcinoma in-situ.

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