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5 Medical Tests to Think Twice About

If your doctor orders one of these tests, ask why—you may not really need it.
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Choose wisely

by Nancy Rones

You may assume your doc is being thorough when she runs a gazillion tests, but there's a downside to being too proactive. New studies show that many people don't benefit from costly screening tests that come with pitfalls such as false positives and excessive radiation. So doctors tend to do fewer of them. Here are some tests you may be able to skip (for a full list, go to choosingwisely.org).

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