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Corinne R. Leach, Carrie N. Klabunde, Catherine M. Alfano, Judith Lee Smith and Julia H. Rowland Physician over-recommendation of mammography for terminally ill women Cancer 118

Version of Record online: 16 JUN 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.26233

Data from a nationally representative survey of primary care physicians from 2006 and 2007 were used to examine breast cancer screening recommendations for hypothetical patients ages 50 years, 65 years, and 80 years who were healthy, had a moderate comorbidity, or had a terminal comorbidity. The results suggest that over-recommendation of screening mammography is likely for terminally ill women and varies by physician and practice characteristics, including specialty.

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