3 Weird Things That Can Cause A False Cancer Diagnosis

As much as we like to trust in science, nothing is perfect—not even medicine. And the tools used to diagnosis illness every day can, and do, make mistakes.

In a study including more than 1,000 patients screened for prostate, lung, colorectal, and ovarian cancers, 43% of people were given at least one false positive. Other studies suggest the stress caused by a false cancer diagnosis can last for years.

But stress and worry aren’t the only problems false positives on cancer screenings cause. They’re also expensive.

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