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Patients expect too much of screening, prevention

from Medwire News via The Medical News

Patients overestimate the benefit that can be expected from cancer screening and preventive medications, setting minimal acceptable benefits unrealistically high, the results of a New Zealand study indicate. In all, 354 general practice patients aged 50-70 years completed a questionnaire that asked them to estimate the number of events prevented by screening for breast cancer and bowel cancer, and preventive medication for hip fracture and cardiovascular disease, in a group of 5,000 patients receiving an intervention for 10 years. more

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