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Letters Value of periodic health checks

Many private screening tests have no known benefit

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8365
  1. Ferruccio De Lorenzo, consultant physician1
  1. 1Lipid Disorders and CVD Prevention Clinic, Hammersmith Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. fdlx{at}

The UK National Screening Committee (UK-NSC), the BMA, and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have recently expressed concern about the potential harms of healthcare screening.1 2 Many direct-to-consumer tests are unreliable and inaccurate, and it is impossible for people to distinguish between …

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