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British Medical Journal Article: Preventing Overdiagnosis International Conference

sb10063567ai-001On May 29, 2012 the esteemed British Medical Journal published an article titled “Preventing Overdiagnosis: How To Stop Harming The Healthy“.

The opening paragraph of the article reads: Evidence is mounting that medicine is harming healthy people through ever earlier detection and ever wider definition of disease.

I wanted to share this with you because it’s my observation that a lot of women are going through a lot of disfiguring surgeries and treatments for things that may or may not turn into a problem later on.

Overdosed, Over-Treated, Over-Diagnosed

The BMJ article tells us that there is mounting evidence that too many people are being overdosed, over-treated and over-diagnosed. The article goes on to identify the phenomenon of over-medicalization, saying healthy people are increasingly harmed by a barrage of unnecessary tests, procedures and drugs.

The article was timed to promote a new international conference called Preventing Overdiagnosis, that will aim to better assess the problem and begin working on solutions.  Not a moment too soon, I say.

Research Claims Over Half of Breast Cancers Would Amount To Nothing If Left Untreated

What concerns me the most is that academics from Australia and Canada have claimed that up to 54% of breast cancers detected in women in their 50s by breast cancer screening would never have manifested clinically.  See this article published July 10, 2009 in the BMJ: Overdiagnosis in publicly organised mammography screening programmes: systematic review of incidence trends.

I don’t know about you, but if I were one of those 54%, I’d be pissed.  Especially considering the long-term effects of some of the treatments.

Action You Can Take

So what can we do about this?  The International Conference is set to take place on 10-12 September 2013, exactly one year from now.  Here’s a link to their website.  You can submit papers, sign up for updates and find out about attending the conference (to be held at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Hanover, New Hampshire).  You can also email any concerns to info@preventingoverdiagnosis.net.

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Ian Gawler Cites Surprising British Medical Journal Research About Breast Screening

Ian Gawler Cites Surprising British Medical Journal Research About Breast Screening
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Ian Gawler, one of my thought leaders, is a cancer survivor, author of many books on mind-body medicine (my favorite is “You Can Conquer Cancer“) and formed the Gawler Foundation in 1983.

Today on Ian Gawler’s blog, he cites some surprising research just released by the British Medical Journal that says, in effect, that we are being over-medicalized.   Now, that news is really NOT so surprising when you think about it – what’s surprising is that the eminent BMJ is admitting it.

Ian’s blog stated today “Research claims over half [of] breast cancers would amount to nothing if left untreated, and raises questions about breast screening.  Writing in the prestigious British Medical Journal, academics from Australia and Canada claim up to 54% of breast cancers detected in women in their 50’s by breast cancer screening would never have manifested clinically.”

Now isn’t THAT interesting?

Dr Gawler stated: “The article goes on to identify the phenomenon of over-medicalisation, saying healthy people are increasingly harmed by a barrage of unnecessary tests, procedures and drugs. The tendency to over-screen, over-diagnose and over-treat has become rampant in modern medicine, and poses a ‘significant threat to human health’.”

Arrive At Your Own Truth

As interesting as all of that is – and I will let you draw your own conclusions about it – my absolute favorite part of Dr Gawler’s blog puts into words exactly what I’ve been trying to impart to my readers about arriving at your own truth.  He says “Please do not believe what I say, just because I said it!”

That’s exactly the point I’m trying to make here – my focus is to provide you with information which will empower you to make your own decisions.  Don’t blindly follow any course of action just because someone says you must!  This is your journey, you have every right to choose the therapies that make sense for YOU.

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