With Most Cancers Screening, Higher Safe Than Sorry?

Many who think this way consider only the beneficial “what if’s” and not the possible downsides of cancer screening tests.
Practice guidelines for physicians called Choosing Wisely advise not recommending cancer screening to patients with a limited life expectancy.
Breast Cancer: Screening mammography every two years is recommended for women ages 50 to 74.
A primary reason: The widespread belief that it’s better to be safe than sorry.
(Colonoscopy can actually prevent cancer, not just detect it; if a polyp is found in which cancer could develop, it can be removed during the screening.

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