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Opinion: Overdiagnosing and making well people sick

Is there such a thing as being too cautious about one’s health? That question is explored today by ECU’s Professor Moira Sims who considers the effectiveness of the tests and subsequent treatments and whether the process will end up being more of a benefit than an unnecessary hindrance.

In healthcare it is widely accepted that early diagnosis and treatment makes good sense as taking timely action usually means better outcomes.

However, as technology advances we are developing more and more tests which can detect problems earlier and earlier.

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