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  • n. To diagnose something too frequently, or based on insufficient evidence


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over- +‎ diagnosis


  • And those include the possibility of having false positive tests, the need for having to go back for repeated X-rays and more tests, as well as additional biopsies that ultimately are not necessarily -- and also a problem we call overdiagnosis, which means that identifying cancerous lesions that in fact, are very, very limited and for reasons that we don't fully understand don't progress to become invasive cancer and that otherwise would be fine if left untreated.

    CNN Transcript Nov 17, 2009

  • Work is under way to better predict that, and even the staunchest supporters of screening call overdiagnosis a problem that needs tackling.

    Cancers May Be Found, Treated Too Early

  • And in some cases, early detection means doctors diagnose and treat cancers that would never have caused any harm if left alone -- a phenomenon known as overdiagnosis.

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  • This can result in the concept of overdiagnosis, which is the detection of latent disease that would not have been diagnosed in the patient's lifetime if screening for cancer had not taken place.

    Health News from Medical News Today

  • The report of a so-called overdiagnosis rate of 35% came from an examination of breast cancer screening programs in five countries conducted by Danish researchers and published online Thursday in BMJ.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • The report of a so-called overdiagnosis rate of 35 percent came - Articles related to Bahraini Activist to Launch 'Breast Cancer' Awareness Drive

  • This "overdiagnosis," the authors maintain, leads to costly, unnecessary medical interventions and promotes a culture of sickness rather than health.

    Insuring your health: Book argues against unnecessary medical intervention

  • Here he could have done a great service by explaining in simple terms not only mammography's benefits but its potential harms - the most important of which is "overdiagnosis" or the treatment of "cancer" that never would have come to light in the absence of screening.

    Dr. Gupta answers your mammogram questions

  • "It is questionable if it saves women from dying from breast cancer, but we are certain that it has serious harms such as overdiagnosis and overtreatment of lesions that would otherwise never have caused problems, unnecessary recalls with long-term psychological consequences, and unnecessary biopsies and worries," Jorgensen added.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • In [[cohort study | cohort studies]] and [[randomized controlled trial]] s of mass screening, '' 'overdiagnosis' '' is the diagnosis of non-harmful disease.

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