Making sense of screening

By July 3, 2015Public

Sense About Science has launched an updated edition of Making Sense of Screening — “to address the unrealistic expectations of what screening can deliver”.

Sense about Science logoIn the guide, scientists, clinicians and medics explain that screening:

  • rarely benefits all sections of the population.
  • can have negative effects, so it needs to be targeted at those most likely to benefit.
  • can identify some of the people who have a disease but it cannot prevent disease.
  • cannot give you a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer and an ‘all clear’ does not mean you will not go on to develop the disease.
  • screening tests differ from diagnostic tests.

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