Cancer–scary

In the recent past Milloy and I looked into the irresponsible overdiagnosis of cancers of the skin.

There are skin cancers that are not cancer in the usual sense of the word, squamous cell, and basal cell skin cancers are local growers but don’t metastasize. There is a form of melenoma that is not really cancerous even though there are severely malignant melanomas.

Prostate Cancer has some relatively benign forms.

So papillary cancer of the thyroid is another thing to consider.

Well here’s another one, a thyroid cancer that’s not really malignant in the usual sense.

http://acsh.org/2014/02/another-cancer-diagnosis-worry/

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5 responses to “Cancer–scary

  1. What is reference for the irresponsible overdiagnosis of cancers of the skin by you and Milloy?

  2. “There are skin cancers that are not cancer in the usual sense of the word, squamous cell, and basal cell skin cancers are local growers but don’t metastasize.”

    While it’s true that skin cancers are not like other cancers, I don’t get your point. Breast cancer is not like lymphoma, either.

    BTW, squamous cell carcinoma can metastasize.

    http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/squamous-cell-carcinoma/scc-treatment-options

    “A small percentage even metastasize to distant tissues and organs and can become fatal.”

    I’m with Krivacic. What is this “over diagnosis?” Are you saying that SCC diagnosis are incorrect, or that people shouldn’t be told, or that SCC shouldn’t be treated?

    • You can’t believe how using the word cancer allows overcounting and overdiagnosis and exaggerations of the risks.

      And it is important to distinguish the non metastasizing from the metastasizing.

      For example the squamous and basal cancers do not metastasize. and recently the derm oncologists have decided to back off calling all melanomas the same way since there is a categoary of melanomas that are not malignant.

      I will look for the info on melanoma reporting that caught our attention. Milloy called me about it within the last year.

      • “For example the squamous and basal cancers do not metastasize.”

        I provided a reference; there are plenty more on the internet. What you are saying is clearly, demonstrably, demonstrated, false.

    • my point was that basal cell is a local grower. squamous cell is only very rarely a metestatic,and so most non melanoma cancer are local problem.

      I would never consider melanoma a local problem, but there are melanomas that are local.

      the issue is that when public health people talk about cancer, they usually buff up their numbers with basal and squamous cell cancers, that are not like other solid organ or renal/gi blood element cancers.

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