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Scientists’ report cites need to redefine cancer

Overdiagnoses create fear, poor treatment, it says

NEW YORK — A group of scientists advising the nation’s premier cancer research institution has recommended sweeping changes in the approach to cancer detection and treatment, including changes in the very definition of cancer and eliminating the word entirely from some diagnoses.

The recommendations, from a working group of the National Cancer Institute, were published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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