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Regenstrief and IU study investigates older adults' views on cancer screening
Date:3/11/2013

rmine the messages targeted to other groups.

However, study participants seemed to respond well to the idea that screening does not make sense if the burdens -- such as pain, time requirements or stress -- can be expected to outweigh the benefits. For example, the burdens of colonoscopy were repeatedly cited as reasons not to continue with this test as the patient aged.

Participants were skeptical about hearing government panel recommendations and statistics that show that older adults may not benefit from certain screening tests. Many expressed distrust of the government or felt statistics did not apply to them.

Study participants ranged in age from 63 to 90.

"Each patient is different, but when speaking with older adults or the caregivers of those who can no longer make decisions for themselves about reducing screenings, the discussion needs to clearly outline the balance of risks and benefits for the specific individual. This approach has the greatest chance of building trust and understanding," Dr. Torke said.


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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
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317-843-2276
Indiana University
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