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Cancer screening tests have a high rate of false positive results

43% of subjects who were screened for prostate, lung, colorectal or ovarian cancer had their results come back as a false positive. False positive results result in unnecessary expense as well as having a negative psychological affect. Prostate, lung and colon cancer are the most likely screening tests to deliver a false positive result.

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About: Cancer screening tests have a high rate of false positive results

Date: 17 December 2004

Source: Reuters Health

URL: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=7129157

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