What is cancer and when does it begin? Is the strange mark on your shoulder just below your neck something to worry about?
Catching cancer in its early stages is the current standard of care—and has been for decades.
But a new paper put out by the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that some of these early pre-cancer diagnoses shouldn’t be called, or even treated, as cancer.
Dr. Ian Thompson is the Director of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is a co-leader of the National Cancer Institute working group that published this new paper.