Testing well people - helpful or dangerous?

Making sense of testing news item

The following news item is from Lab Tests Online UK and refers to UK organisations. However the main message of the article is certainly true anywhere in the world. Read the document it refers to and you may find it very interesting.

The charity Sense about Science has produced a leaflet called "Making Sense of Testing", which challenges the increasingly promoted idea that testing healthy people for hidden diseases is a good idea.

Sometimes it is - but there are real dangers both of causing unnecessary alarm and of giving false reassurance. Download the document, which features input from Lab Tests Online UK, and discover the truth about "health screens". You may be surprised!

Mike Hallworth, LTO UK - March 11, 2008

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