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Doctors rarely discuss risks of cancer screening

from Reuters

Doctors seldom tell patients about the possible harms of getting screened for cancer, a new study shows. During any screening test, there is a chance of so-called overdiagnosis — finding something that looks like cancer but isn't, or a cancer that's so small and slow-growing it would never cause a problem. In those cases, patients may get biopsies, surgeries, radiation and drugs that won't bring them any benefit, but could come with side effects, known as overtreatment. more


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