Letters The word “cancer”

Helping patients make the right decisions about treatment

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6025 (Published 09 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6025
  1. Louisa Polak, GP and PhD student1
  1. 1North Hill Medical Group, Colchester, UK
  1. lpolak{at}doctors.org.uk

I welcome Dunn and colleagues’ editorial on finding less frightening names for conditions that statistically increase the likelihood of future cancer, but I have two criticisms.1

Firstly, as well as the two factors that they say overdiagnosis requires, there is a third key ingredient: a judgment about how …

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