A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. It can turn your life upside down and rip away all hope for the future.

Yet, tens of thousands of Australians are routinely overdiagnosed with this terrible disease and go through all the anguish of a positive test result for nothing according to a new Australian Medical Journal (AMJ) articles.

Overdiagnosis is a silent epidemic that is turning many people’s lives upside down. It causes worry, fear and even unnecessary treatment with side effects.

But it can be minimised by improving communication and interaction between patients and medical professionals.

“When medical professionals and patients have a connection, there is a mutual trust and respect,” says Shelley Thomson.

“The evidence suggests improved patient engagement reduces the risk of overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and the resulting side effects.”

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