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The dark side of early diagnosis

For years, patients have been told that an early diagnosis can save their life. What if this advice is wrong?

What can add five years to your life without lengthening it by a single day, improve the performance of the NHS while wasting its resources, and make people grateful for unnecessary suffering?

The answer is early diagnosis.

Early diagnosis sounds like a no-brainer. The NHS has targets for speedy diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and offers screening for a wide range of conditions, in babies, children and adults. Private medicine and…

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