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Safe, or Sorry? Cancer Screening and Inductive Risk

Plutynski, A (2017) Safe, or Sorry? Cancer Screening and Inductive Risk. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The general assumption behind cancer screening has been that early diagnosis and treatment is effective at reducing cancer-related mortality; this is broadly speaking true, for some cancer screening efforts, in some age groups. However, screening may in some cases do more harm than good. One source of harm is overdiagnosis and overtreatment, the diagnosis and treatment of indolent or slow-growing disease that may never lead to morbidity or mortality in the lifetime of the patient. Precaution in cancer screening is thus a double-edged sword: early diagnosis and treatment has clear benefits; but it is also true that some percentage of patients is unnecessarily treated. This chapter will examine how inductive risk and values come into play in debates about mammography screening.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Plutynski, Aaplutyns@wustl.edu
Keywords: cancer screening, inductive risk, overdiagnosis, breast cancer
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: A Plutynski
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 00:42
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2018 00:42
Item ID: 15315
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15315

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