A new study claims that more than a million women have been treated for cancers that never would have threatened their lives.  In fact, up to one-third of breast cancers, or 50,000 to 70,000 cases a year, don’t need treatment at all.   And this all comes from screening via mammograms.   You can say the same thing with PSA testing.   Science is not perfect.  All we can hope is that we can get better as we tweak the technologies and the studies behind them.   We need to be flexible in our beliefs (dogma) and allow change to happen.  Unfortunately, there will always be cases that make new screening recommendations look hurtful and stupid.  Life throws us curveballs.  That being said, we cannot afford the screenings and the over treatment unless there IS science backing it.    Now get ready for the special interest groups to hammer back.  It’s sad.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Unnecessary

  1. John P. Stewart
    January 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The obvious problem is “How do you identify which cancers don’t need treating?”. I suspect the answer will be: “Yours, not mine”.

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