New guidelines advise against routine bladder cancer tests

08/16/2011 | Reuters

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's new recommendations say that routine bladder screening has not been shown to improve survival among asymptomatic patients and that it's not yet clear whether benefits from the test would outweigh its risks. While people can decide to undergo bladder cancer screening, they should know the limits and risks of such tests and avoid or quit smoking to lower their risk for the disease, a member of the panel said. The recommendations appear in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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