Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Head To Head

Should we rename low risk cancers?

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 23 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:k4699

Rapid Response:

Re: Should we rename low risk cancers?

Perhaps the term 'wart' might convey the idea of an abnormal irregular growth with a less harmful potential. Something unattractive and unpleasant but unlikely to kill you.

A word rather than a sentence.

And just as you would naturally watch a wart on the end of your nose, you might want a your doctor to look at your breast or prostatic or other ultra-low risk wart from time to time.

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 January 2019
Elkie Ben Hur
medical student
Mark Davies, consultant in anaesthesia & perioperative medicine
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Liverpool L7 8XP