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May 2016   Comments

Screening and stress

I agree that it is difficult to support the messages that cancer screening, by itself, saves lives (Research File, March). Screening has potential benefits and risks, but I believe that our focus on screening has caused undue stress in our society. For the past nine years, I have practised in primary health care, and I have seen unrealistic worry about cancer. This fear seems to be the result of information overload about illness and health, and of vigilance taken too far.

– Lenora Brace, MN, NP
Brookfield, N.S.


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