Cancer Screening for Older Women: The Importance of Health Status

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Cancer screening for older women remains an area of active investigation. One current recommendation is to perform screening for individuals with a life expectancy of 5 years or more, as early detection of tumor in these individuals is more likely to have an impact on survival. In this cross-sectional population based study from California, it is apparent that screening is currently applied to older women without consideration of health status. Thus, for many, mammography and Pap smears are being obtained with little hope of benefit.

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