NH CCC Emerging Issues in Cancer Brief looks at Overdiagnosis (1/9/14)



January 9, 2014

Contact: Judy Proctor

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NH CCC Emerging Issues in Cancer Brief looks at Overdiagnosis

CONCORD - Overdiagnosis, the detection of a disease or condition that would not otherwise cause symptoms or death during a person’s lifetime, is much in the news lately. The NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC) recently issued a two-page overview of the topic, “Overdiagnosis,” as part of their series Emerging Issues in Cancer.

“We have been hearing a lot in the news lately about the issue of overdiagnosis,” said NH CCC Board Chair Barbara Kimball, “and we want people to have a better understanding about overdiagnosis specifically as it relates to cancer screening. This latest issue brief helps explain that, as well as the importance of both women and providers being fully informed about the benefits and harms of screening.”

Each year NHCCC, in partnership with Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, produces four short briefs that look at emerging issues pertaining to cancer. These overviews, written for the general public in a double-sided single page format, are prepared by researchers and physicians at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Recent briefs addressed Lung Cancer Screening, Clinical Trials, and Radon and Cancer.

To read the latest Emerging Issues briefs as well as past briefs visit the NH CCC website at www.nhcancerplan.org, Publications.

About The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) was established in 2004 to address one of the leading causes of death in New Hampshire. The NH CCC, a program of the Foundation for Healthy Communities, is a dedicated partnership of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state. The NH CCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: preventing cancer by creating environments that support a healthy life style; increasing early detection of cancer through screening; improving the treatment of cancer and quality of life for people living with cancer; and reporting on the latest cancer research. For more information about the NH CCC and the NH Cancer Plan, visit www.NHCancerPlan.org.

About Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth College and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth with patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock regional locations in Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT, and at 12 partner hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. It is one of 41 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute’s “Comprehensive Cancer Center” designation. Learn more about Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials online at cancer.dartmouth.edu.


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