by Thomas Emerick

First posted on Cracking Health Costs 11/7/2013

Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Costs
Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Costs

According to an article in Natural, the National Cancer Institute reports huge numbers of people have been falsely diagnosed with and treated for cancer. According to the NCI study, many people are simply diagnosed incorrectly, and sadly given life-threatening treatments. Further, doctors [and some wellness vendors] are calling common abnormalities cancer when they flatly are not cancer. Remember the strange case of the C. Edward Koop award in Nebraska?

“‘The practice of oncology in the United States is in need of a host of reforms and initiatives to mitigate the problem of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancer, according to a working group sanctioned by the National Cancer Institute,’ explains about the study.”  Umm, to say the least.

What’s really needed is accountability for this type of dangerous misdiagnoses and mistreatment of patents. That accountability needs to come from the health systems.

We also need accountability for wellness vendors who falsely report detecting cancer in people. This accountability needs to come from corporate buyers of wellness services.