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A second opinion could save your life

Several recent studies found that as many as 60% of patients who sought a second opinion received a major change in their diagnosis or treatment.

Yet according to a 2010 Gallup Poll, 70% of Americans don’t feel the need to ask for one — most said they feel confident in their doctor’s advice and saw no need to gather additional information.

If you’re faced with a recent diagnosis or questions about how to proceed with your treatment, consider these expert recommendations discussed in this L.A. Times Health Care Watch column.

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