The irrational exuberance of early cancer detection Print
Written by H. Gilbert Welch, MD | KevinMD   
Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:34

Here's some good news for a change about cancer: Cancer mortality - the rate of death from cancer - has fallen substantially over the last four decades. There is also, however, some not-so-good news: Cancer incidence - the rate of cancer diagnoses - has been rising. This doesn't reflect increasing dangers in our environment, but a danger in our medical system. In the New England Journal of Medicine, two colleagues and I examined the last four decades of cancer statistics in the United States. The decline in cancer mortality is a good sign. Everyone, including the National Cancer Institute, agrees that a declining cancer death rate is the best measure of progress against cancer.