Stop calling low-risk tumours ‘cancer’, surgeon says

But not everyone agrees
Reuters Health Staff writer
Male doctor talking to mature female patient

Certain tumors labeled as “cancer” aren’t life-threatening and should be called something else instead, a breast-cancer surgeon says.

When patients receive a cancer diagnosis, they naturally become anxious. But some tumours are so treatable and so low-risk that unnecessary anxiety could be avoided if the medical community stopped referring to them as “cancer,” says cancer surgeon Dr Laura Esserman of the University of California, San Francisco, USA.