Too Many Older Patients Get Cancer Screenings

December 20, 2017

(New York Times) – Among people in their 70s and 80s, cancer screenings often detect slow-growing tumors that are unlikely to cause problems in patients’ lifetimes. These patients often die of something else — from dementia to heart disease to pneumonia — long before their cancers would ever have become a threat, said Dr. Deborah Korenstein, chief of general internal medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Prostate cancers, in particular, are often harmless.

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