Overdiagnosis of cancer in Australia: the role of screening

David M. Roder, Elizabeth Buckley

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"The balance between benefits and risks could be improved if effective risk-based screening protocols were developed"

Overdiagnosis can be defined as the proportion of diagnosed cancers that would not otherwise have come to a person's attention during their lifetime. Overdiagnosis provides no benefit to the patient but can have financial, psychosocial, and health consequences. While advances in imaging and other screening and diagnostic technologies can lead to therapeutic benefit, they can also increase overdiagnosis. Because overdiagnosed cancers are generally indistinguishable from potentially lethal cancers, the imperative to treat is equivalent...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-160
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Health services
  • Population health
  • Preventive health services


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