Over-diagnosis a ‘significant threat’

The tendency to over-screen, over-diagnose and over-treat has become rampant in modern medicine, and poses a “significant threat to human health”, it has been claimed.

An article in the BMJ has hit out at the phenomenon of over-medicalisation, saying healthy people are increasingly harmed by a barrage of unnecessary tests, procedures and drugs.

The authors, academics from Australia and Canada, pointed to the example of breast cancer