Perhaps patients and their physicians should end every exam with the simple phrase, "Here's what I heard you say…" Because neither party seems to be hearing what the other is saying.

The online medical site WebMD surveyed adult patients and physicians to find out what sort of advice doctors were giving patients about cancer prevention. WebMD wanted to know if patients and physicians were actively discussing ways to prevent cancer or spot it early.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.