Scientists Seek to Rein In Diagnoses of Cancer


By TARA PARKER-POPE
The panel said that some premalignant conditions found in mammograms should not be identified as “carcinoma.”
he panel said that some premalignant conditions found in mammograms should not be identified as “carcinoma.”

A group of experts advising the nation’s premier cancer research institution has recommended changing the definition of cancer and eliminating the word from some common diagnoses as part of sweeping changes in the nation’s approach to cancer detection and treatment.

The recommendations, from a working group of the National Cancer Institute,were published on Monday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. They say, for instance, that some premalignant conditions, like one that affects the breast called ductal carcinoma in situ, which many doctors agree is not cancer, should be renamed to exclude the word carcinoma so that patients are less frightened and less likely to seek what may be unneeded and potentially harmful treatments that can include the surgical removal of the breast.

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