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American Cancer Society CMO: Money-driven hospitals push for dangerous tests

Tue, 09/17/2013 - 1:11pm
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American Cancer Society chief medical officer Dr. Otis Brawley says financial motives drive hospitals to perform invasive tests that put patients in danger of injury or even death.

American Cancer Society CMO: Money-driven hospitals push for dangerous tests

Routine screening has been touted as the most effective way to stem cancer deaths, but it may instead put patients in harm's way, according to American Cancer Society chief medical officer Dr. Otis Brawley. Speaking at a seminar last week, Brawley warned that hospitals recommending regular screening may be looking out for their profits rather than their patients.

His comments were in stark contrast to a press release issued earlier this month, supported by the ACS, which recommended more pervasive routine mammography, calling for annual screening for all women over the age of 40. The recommendation was based on a retrospective study in which researcher concluded that early detection through regular screening is the best way to stem breast cancer mortality.

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