Health News Review

In The Atlantic, physician-writer John Henning Schumann publishes, “On The Sordid Sale of Screening Tests.”

Meantime, the final day of the 2012 edition of the NIH Medicine in the Media workshop wraps up, and Dr. Barry Kramer is giving his stalwart “The Logic of Cancer Screening – The Clash Between Intuition & Medical Science” talk.  You can see many of the Tweets about his talk at the hashtag #NIHMiM12.  Some quotes:

  • “It is particularly important to be able to sort out what is known vs. what makes sense.”
  • “Sometimes we follow intuition rather than science and lower the bar when making screening recommendations.”
  • “Strong evidence of benefit is needed when putting large number of healthy people in harm’s way.”

After Kramer’s talk was over, Hilda Bastian of PubMed Health wrote a synopsis on the Scientific American blog network, “The Spreading Shadow of Cancer Angst: 3 Things You Need To Know To Meet It Rationally.”



Gary Fradin posted on October 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

Interesting data point on survival rates. According to SEER Cancer Fact Sheet, average age of breast cancer diagnosis has fallen from 62 in 1990s to 61 today.

But average age breast cancer death remains 68.

Breast cancer screening has extended average survival by 1 year without adding any additional life years.