Book Review: “Overdiagnosed” and the Paradox of Cancer Survivorship

Kenneth Lin

First published 4/12/11 on Common Sense Family Doctor

OverdiagnosedAccording to the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. has increased dramatically in my lifetime, from 3 million in 1971 to 11.7 million in 2007. From 2001 to 2007 alone, the number of persons living with a cancer diagnosis rose by nearly two million. Most people would probably see these statistics as good news: an indication that our cancer treatments are improving and allowing people to live longer, or that earlier diagnoses are giving people a better chance to survive by catching localized cancers before they spread and become impossible to cure.

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Personal Observations on the Changing Scene in American Medicine – 1955 to 2010

Clifton K. Meador, M.D.

When I entered private practice in 1962 (after graduating from medical school in 1955, completing a medical residency, serving  two years in the Army Medical Corps, and completing a N.I. H. Fellowship in Endocrinology), there was no Medicare, no Medicaid, and very little medical insurance of any kind.  Patients paid cash, vegetables, meat, or nothing.

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