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April 21, 2004

The Public's Enthusiasm for Cancer Screening

JAMA. 2004;291(15):1835. doi:10.1001/jama.291.15.1836-a

To the Editor: Dr Schwartz and colleagues1 found that 73% of respondents would prefer to receive a total-body CT scan to $1000 in cash. While these results may be accurate for this particular sample, I doubt that 3 of 4 people would choose a total-body CT scan over $1000 if they had first been involved in a discussion of cancer screening. Such a high rate of choosing the CT scan over the cash is more likely the effect of the survey on the participants than a native preference.

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