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Doctors may not explain pros, cons of lung cancer screening

from Reuters

Many U.S. doctors don’t discuss the harms of lung cancer screening or the potential for overdiagnosis in conversations with current and former smokers about whether tests are necessary, two new studies suggest. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that doctors engage patients in shared decision making, with thorough discussions about the risk and benefits of screening, before patients get low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans (a form of high-powered X-ray) to look for any abnormalities on their lungs, researchers note in one of the studies in JAMA Internal Medicine. more

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