Regular checkups don't reduce deaths due to cancer, heart disease

11/20/2012 | HealthDay News

Danish researchers reviewed 14 studies involving almost 183,000 people and found no significant evidence that routine screening can help lower the risk of dying from cancer or heart disease. Such checkups may encourage the use of invasive tests that can potentially harm healthy people, resulting in overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment, the study in the journal BMJ found. However, the lack of benefit could be because high-risk patients' needs were addressed outside the context of routine checkups, a researcher said.

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