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"Big pharma loves early diagnosis: it makes more patients who take more profitable drugs for their whole life. The other certain outcomes of early diagnosis are more testing, more referrals, and more interventions. In turn, these generate more non-progressive disease, “incidentalomas,” and overdiagnosis—impaling anxious patients with yet more fear and non-disease pathology, while the medical fatalists happily ignore all warnings. The thoughtless and emotional language of “early diagnosis” is in reality just bad screening and the worst science."
Is this obsession about early diagnosis really saving many more lives? Or is it turning us all into patients?