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Most screening tests do not save lives, researchers argue

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h250 (Published 15 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h250
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Few of the currently available screening tests for major diseases show documented reductions in disease specific mortality, and reductions in all cause mortality are very rare or non-existent, a systematic review in the International Journal of Epidemiology has concluded.1

The issue of screening asymptomatic adults for disease remains controversial. Researchers from the Stanford School of Medicine in California evaluated evidence …

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