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Older Americans Getting Cancer Tests They Don’t Need

Too many people are getting screened for cancer, contrary to recommendations set by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. After reviewing the screening histories of over 176,000 patients, Penn State investigators determined that many patients were getting "overscreened." The research shows many are needlessly screened for cancer even when old age or poor health makes such screenings risky and pointless. Unnecessary screenings can lead to unnecessary tests, costs and potential harms....

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