Don't call it cancer


“Renaming the lowest-risk prostate cancers cuts down on overly aggressive treatment.” – Sumathi Reddi.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a doctor’s bedside manner suffers when they get right to the point, so some are not choosing to scare men with “The” word. A change in normal diagnosis has already taken place in certain other forms of cervical, thyroid, and bladder cancers: all having been reclassified as “Unlikely to spread.”

Since the word “cancer” engenders so much anxiety and fear, Laura Esserman, a professor of surgery and radiology, suggests low-risk breast cancer be...

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