Cancer screenings common among older, sick Americans

August 19, 2014 3:18 PM

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Cancer screenings common among older, sick Americans

Despite potential risks and limited benefits, many Americans are still screened for cancers toward the end of their lives, according to a new study.

Up to half of older people in the U.S. received cancer screenings even though there was a high likelihood that they would die within nine years without cancer, researchers report in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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