I will give the NBC Today Show some credit for trying to address the issue of too much cancer screening and the overtreatment that results.
Matt Lauer acknowledged that the segment would counter much of what the program had told viewers over the past 10 years or so. What he didn’t say is that the questions about cancer screening are NOT new and that the Today Show had actually misinformed viewers in many of their earlier messages.
But despite the good effort, today’s program was given too little time, was too loosely organized, and probably left viewers horribly confused.
Thank goodness they had one of the best evidence-based minds on the set to address the topic – Dartmouth’s Dr. Gil Welch.
[2017 Update: This video is no longer available but the the transcript is available HERE ]
Lauer half-promised there would be more segments in the future on this topic. I hope they live up to that.