Can cancer screenings be bad for your health? Dr. H. Gilbert Welch to give Springfield Public Forum talk Friday

Thursday, April 6, 2017

By Dan Glaun (

Dr. H. Gilbert Welch has little time for conventional wisdom on medical testing.

Mammograms can be harmful, he says; prostate cancer screenings can lead to unnecessary surgeries, risking complications for no medical benefit.

Welch, at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has devoted years of research to proving that a modern fixation on finding cancer early - more screenings, more testing, more biopsies and thyroidectomies - has actually harmed patients.

His ideas have sparked pushback among doctors who support more frequent screening and patients worried by changing guidelines, said Dr. James Stewart, Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Baystate Medical Center.

But in an interview Stewart credited Welch with starting a necessary conversation about evidence-based screening that has led to reforms in how patients are tested.  Read more.

The UMass Center at Springfield will be the venue host for this discussion on Friday, April 7th at 5pm.  The event is FREE!


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