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Sun Jan 26, 2020, 10:50 PM

Study claims some cancers 'better left undiscovered' [View all]

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.


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