Cancer Screenings: Is Your Doctor Telling You The Benefits AND Risks?

doctor talking to patientKEY POINTS

  • Only 27 percent of women screened for breast cancer, 38 percent of men and women being screened for colorectal cancer and 34 percent of men screened for prostate cancer reported the physician using shared decision making during screening discussions.
  • Physicians were more likely to discuss the pros of cancer screening than the cons.
  • Physicians were more likely to present screening as an option to men than to women.


A national survey of patients reveals that physicians don’t always fully discuss the risks and benefits of cancer screening, reports a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.