Adverts and media reports say that people with no symptoms, nor reason to suspect they have a disease can find out what they will get in the future, “reverse the disease processes before symptoms appear”, or even discover how they will die. People are promised instant results, valuable insights and ‘peace of mind’. What many people are getting is a lot of confusion and anxiety, ongoing trips to the doctor and, sometimes, unnecessary medical procedures. The guide presents a few insights and highlights common misconceptions about having health tests and scans.
This guide was produced by Sense About Science in collaboration with The Royal College of Pathologists, The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and the Foundation for Genomics & Population Health. Published: 11 March 2008
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