View Full Version : What you should know before being screened for cancer

May 4, 2004, 07:31 PM
It is one of those things that just seems to make sense: If your doctor offered you a test that could show whether you had cancer a test that might save your life you'd want to take it, right?

Every year, tens of millions of Americans line up for mammograms to detect breast cancer, colonoscopies to root out colon tumors, and blood tests to hunt for markers of prostate cancer.

But now, building on the concerns of other researchers, several Dartmouth Medical School doctors have embarked on a crusade: They are urging patients to become savvier about all that poking and probing, and helping them understand that the screens carry potential risks along with benefits.

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