Prevention encompasses more than screening

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7032.708 (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:708
  1. Kay-Tee Khaw
  1. Professor of clinical gerontology University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ

    EDITOR,—John Cairns's editorial entitled “The costs of prevention” should more accurately have been titled “The costs of screening.”1 Cairns perpetuates the widespread misconception that prevention consists only of screening programmes. Prevention encompasses much more than screening, …

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