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World J Gastrointest Oncol. May 15, 2014; 6(5): 104-111
Published online May 15, 2014. doi: 10.4251/wjgo.v6.i5.104
Table 1 Benefits and side effects of colorectal cancer surveillance
Reassurance of surveillanceImpact of false positive tests
For the CRC survivorOver diagnoses
For spouses and familyComplications related to the screening tests
Improved survivalLabeled as sick or at high risk
Control of treatment effectsFalse assurance of disease free status
Is the societal harm-to benefit ratio acceptable?