Clinical practice guidelines recommend against routine cancer screening in older adults in whom the potential harms of screening outweigh the benefits, which are often defined by specific age or life expectancy thresholds.1,2 However, many older adults who meet these thresholds for stopping routine screening continue to undergo screening for breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.3 One contributor to this discrepancy may be that clinicians are uncomfortable discussing cancer screening cessation. This project aimed to identify older adults’ preferred communication strategies for clinicians to use when discussing stopping cancer screening.
Schoenborn NL, Janssen EM, Boyd CM, Bridges JFP, Wolff AC, Pollack CE. Preferred Clinician Communication About Stopping Cancer Screening Among Older US Adults: Results From a National Survey. JAMA Oncol. 2018;4(8):1126–1128. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.2100
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