Too Much Screening Limit Real Cancer Risk Factors


The disadvantage of cancer screening is vast. Some tests such as PSA test for prostate cancer as well as mammogram test for breast cancer often show cancers that have no risk. These tests lead to over diagnosis and even harmful treatment. Screening for scrutiny-dependent cancers involves a lot of screening and what is found is harmless this report is according to Cancer Experts Report.

This information is meant to enlighten people about the increase in the risk of developing cancer. This issue of over screening of cancer is visible in breast cancer, prostate cancer and thyroid cancer which are scrutiny dependent.How Cancer Over screening Happens

Men whose relatives have prostate cancer tends to get PSA screening test either because their physicians advise them to do so or they decide to do it based on their family history of prostate cancer. Men who don’t have family history on prostate cancers are less likely to be screened. Men who get screened for prostate cancer undergo a prostate biopsy whereby some of those biopsies find cancer. Men who are not screened are likely to have biopsies and as a result, they are less likely to be the diagnosed with prostate cancer. It doesn’t mean that they develop the disease at a relatively low rate, but it is because they get screened at a lower rate.

If men without family history and those with a family history are screened at the same rate, then it will be easier to find more prostate cancers in them. The family history facilitates how fast or how hard the doctors find prostate cancer.

Research Finding and Recommedations

According to a study conducted in 2016, prostate cancer screening in men whose family has a history of the disease found that the risk as a result of family history is being underestimated by nearly half. This is because a man from families with history of prostate cancer is exposed to greater scrutiny. This is according to Dr. Otis the chief medical officer in the American Cancer Society during their reports.

In breast cancer, those women from places where there wealthy and the level of education is high are likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. This is according to the report conducted in 2017 which revealed the hotspot of breast cancer in some of the wealthiest areas in America. This has caused in the government as well as organization to spend a lot of money trying to find out the reason why there are cancer hotspots. The studies revealed that there were no associations between breast cancer and the hazardous sites or pesticide exposure.

The results revealed that cancer hotspot could be connected to women being near healthcare facilities where they get constant mammograms tests and breast ultrasound. The more the scrutiny the more they are likely to get harmless cases of breast cancer. Most cancer cases detected through the screening will never cause any issues even they were untreated or undetected. There is a great need for people to focus on the risk factors on cancers.