Questioning a Test for Cancer


November 10, 2009

The New York Times

Christopher Taylor says he never lasted more than a week when he tried to quit smoking in the past. But it has been four weeks and counting this time, since a genetic test indicated he had a much higher risk of developing lung cancer than the average smoker.

Of course, said Mr. Taylor, a 45-year-old salesman who has smoked for 25 years, he already knew that cigarettes were dangerous. But he thought, “It’s not going to happen to me.” Then came the gene test... Read More