Saturday, May 22, 2010

Examples of why screening and disease classification go hand-in-hand

CureToday.com: Blogs - Debu Tripathy - DCIS: An example of why screening and disease classification go hand-in-hand: "If we are screening for any disease, we have to have a plan for everything that is detected as abnormal.

When mammographic screening became widespread in the mid '80s, there was a rapid rise in the number of cases of 'pre-invasive' cancer, known as ductal carcinoma in situ, because these lesions tend to calcify and lead to tell-tale specs on X-ray examinations. DCIS does not spread, and many individuals may never have any consequences of the lesions, even if it was never detected."

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