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Medical Test Surprises: What Should You Be Told?

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WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a growing side effect of modern medicine: A test for one condition turns up something completely unrelated that could be a threat - or could be a false alarm.
    
These so-called incidental findings tell people more than they bargained for, things they might not need or want to know.
    
A presidential advisory council says it's time to be more up-front about that risk with patients before their next X-ray or gene test turns up a disturbing surprise.
    
It may seem obvious that you'll be told if your doctor orders X-rays for a broken rib and signs of cancer show up.
    
But Thursday's report says that not every medical condition that can be found, should be - and there's conflicting advice about how to disclose and manage incidental findings.

 

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