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Sun Jan 26, 2020, 10:50 PM

Study claims some cancers 'better left undiscovered'


Liam Mannix
13:23, Jan 27 2020

A controversial new study claims about one in every five cancers diagnosed in Australia would have been better left undiscovered.

The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday, argues more than half of melanomas, 22 per cent of breast cancers and 42 per cent of prostate cancers diagnosed in Australia would never have caused problems.

The government funds a breast-cancer screening program and many people diligently ask their GP for skin and prostate cancer checks.

But all that extra checking is turning up cancers that would never have gone on to harm the patient, the study says.

More:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/119067304/study-claims-some-cancers-better-left-undiscovered

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 11:17 PM

1. I know that's often true with prostate cancer, but until they can determine

which cancer incidents Ill outlive without issue, Id rather know and discuss options.

Interesting study.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 12:39 AM

3. I think they may be right - two smoking friends of mine have black spots in their lungs ...

discovered after their bodies had encapsulated cancers.

I agree with you, though: how do they know which one's to treat and which ones to leave alone.

I believe my prostate cancer wasn't going to cause me any problems, but the bladder cancer made it all academic when it really had to go. The prostate goes when they remove a bladder.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 12:45 AM

4. Glad you are a survivor. Very encouraging what they can do nowadays.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 12:56 AM

5. Absolutely fucking amazing. At the very least they're giving me time to die of something else ...

I'll gladly take that, too. Life is good and I am privileged to be here. No matter what happens, I'm good.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 01:06 AM

6. Good way to end the evening. I get it completely.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 11:48 PM

2. Sounds good

But how do you know which ones individually ??

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