Should Recommendations for Cancer Screening Differentiate on Race?
May 24, 2022
In a new editorial in New England Journal of Medicine Evidence, H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH and Adewole S. Adamson, MD, MPP, discuss the pros and cons of differentiating recommendations for cancer screening based on race and whether more resources should be put towards addressing social determinants of health instead. This editorial follows previous works exploring the consequences of cancer overscreening, including increased health system costs with little change in health outcomes, artificial increases in expected survival rates, and over-investment in cancer screening at the detriment of public health expenditures.
Interested in this topic, check out the following:
- Cancer Screening – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly | JAMA Surgery Viewpoint 2022
- The Ugly Side of Cancer Screening | LinkedIn Q&A Interview with Dr. Gilbert Welch
- Association of Computed Tomographic Screening Promotion With Lung Cancer Overdiagnosis Among Asian Women | JAMA Internal Medicine 2022
- Estimating Overdiagnosis of Melanoma Using Trends Among Black and White Patients in the US | JAMA Dermatology
The Rapid Rise in Cutaneous Melanoma Diagnoses | New England Journal of Medicine 2021