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Total Body Cancer Testing Could Cause More Harm Than Good

If you could take a simple test to find out if you had cancer, would you want to know? In a recent survey, the answer was overwhelmingly -- YES.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Now, even though science could offer total body testing, here's why the medical community says that could stir up more trouble than its worth.

"This enthusiasm creates an environment which is right for a premature diffusion of new technology like total body CT, which places the public at risk for over testing," explains Dr. Lisa Schwartz, VA Medical Center.

Dr. Schwartz says with over-testing comes an increase in pseudo-diseases, a diagnosis that seems troubling but would never actually cause a problem in a person's lifetime. And an increase in false positive results both of which could lead to further testing that would be even more expensive, and often unnecessary.

So, to date, no professional organization recommends full body CT scans. In fact, the American College of Radiology specifically recommends against them.

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