Cancer Screening

Recommendations about screening for cancer have shifted over the last decade to ensure that people who are unlikely to experience benefit—but may experience harm—from screening do not get screened. For older adults, this shift has translated into guidelines that indicate an age above which screening is not recommended. Making the decision to cease screening may be challenging for clinicians and patients.


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