The National Cancer Institute admits that the problem of cancer misclassification back in 2012, has led to overdiagnosis and treatments affecting millions of patients which were wrongly diagnosed. Overdiagnosis may have occurred back then, to patients with “cancer” of the breast, thyroid, lung, and prostate.
However, even with this fact being admitted, the NCI did not issue any public apology. Also, the Institute did not even change anything on the blameful conventional practice of cancer diagnosis, prevention, and treatment! Sadly, those who have told that they’re ‘dying from cancer’, and were advised to undergo harsh procedures and treatments were now being told that, “Oops … you don’t have it. We got it wrong. There’s no cancer.”
Let alone breast cancer, approximately 1.3 million women were wrongly treated throughout the U.S. from this disease for the last 30 long years! Most of them have no idea that they have been victimized and made believe that they have been “saved” from the fatal disease when in fact, the quality of their lives have already been destroyed during the process. With physical and psychological torture, these poor women have been deprived with the truth.
Even the NCI report on “early breast cancer” known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has been wrongly diagnosed as malignant, being treated with lumpectomy, mastectomy, or even radiation and chemotherapy, was in fact, non-invasive.
Not all tumors detected through mammography are cancerous. During the past 30 years, thousands of women could have been saved from conventional treatments which just weakened them, and eventually put them to death. DCIS is detected in mammography as breast cancer. However, DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer — meaning, it does not expand outward, producing no contradiction. DCIS, if left untreated, will not progress and harm the body.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), on their study, have found medical procedures and interventions which do not even contain substantial evidence that they are safe and do not bring any harm to the person.
The Thyroid Cancer Epidemic is Caused by Misinformation
Thyroid cancer has also been a subject for overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Many studies have revealed that the increasing amount of thyroid cancer diagnoses were caused by misclassification and misdiagnosis, rather than cancer itself. As we all know, the treatments done to check thyroid and other cancers such as breast, prostate, and ovarian, are also cancer-promoting interventions — chemo and radiation.
The JAMA Oncology has also published a new study entitled It’s Not Cancer: Doctors Reclassify a Thyroid Tumor for the classification, treatment, and prevention of thyroid cancer. Here is a copy of the article:
An international panel of doctors has decided that a type of tumor that was classified as a cancer is not a cancer at all.
As a result, they have officially downgraded the condition, and thousands of patients will be spared removal of their thyroid, treatment with radioactive iodine and regular checkups for the rest of their lives, all to protect against a tumor that was never a threat.
Their conclusion, and the data that led to it, was reported Thursday in the journal JAMA Oncology. The change is expected to affect about 10,000 of the nearly 65,000 thyroid cancer patients a year in the United States. It may also offer grist to those who have been arguing for the reclassification of some other forms of cancer, including certain lesions in the breast and prostate.
The reclassified tumor is a small lump in the thyroid that is completely surrounded by a capsule of fibrous tissue. Its nucleus looks like a cancer but the cells have not broken out of their capsule, and surgery to remove the entire thyroid followed by treatment with radioactive iodine is unnecessary and harmful, the panel said. They have now renamed the tumor. Instead of calling it “encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma,” they now call it “noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features,” or NIFTP. The word “carcinoma” is gone.
Many cancer experts said the reclassification was long overdue. For years there have been calls to downgrade small lesions in the breast, lung and prostate, among others, and to eliminate the term “cancer” from their name. But other than the renaming of an early stage urinary tract tumor in 1998, and early stage ovarian and cervical lesions more than two decades ago, no group other than the thyroid specialists has yet taken the plunge.
In fact, said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, the name changes that occurred went in the opposite direction, scientific evidence to the contrary. Premalignant tiny lumps in the breast became known as stage zero cancer. Small and early-stage prostate lesions were called cancerous tumors. Meanwhile, imaging with ultrasound, M.R.I.’s and C.T. scans find more and more of these tiny “cancers,” especially thyroid nodules.
“If it’s not a cancer, let’s not call it a cancer,” said Dr. John C. Morris, president-elect of the American Thyroid Association and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Morris was not a member of the renaming panel.
Dr. Barnett S. Kramer, director of the division of cancer prevention at the National Cancer Institute, said, “There’s a growing concern that many of the terms we use don’t match our understanding of the biology of cancer.” Calling lesions cancer when they are not leads to unnecessary and harmful treatment, he said.”
It seems that the truth about cancer is slowly surfacing, clearing all misconceptions, and misrepresentations of the disease. Thanks to organizations like the JAMA which continuously sharing information which is very helpful in solving the issue at hand.