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Medical News & Perspectives
September 10, 2014

Routine Cancer Screening in Older Adults May Offer Few Benefits

JAMA. 2014;312(10):989. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12312

Many older adults may receive cancer screening that is unlikely to offer much benefit, suggest 2 new studies appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine.

In one study, researchers used data for 27 404 participants aged 65 years or older in the National Health Interview Survey from 2000 through 2010 to probe patterns of routine screening of prostate, breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer in the United States (Royce T et al. JAMA Intern Med. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.3895 [published online August 18, 2014]). Participants were grouped into those with low, intermediate, high, and very high risks of 9-year mortality, based on a validated mortality index.