Navigation Links
The public overestimates benefits of cancer screening, survey finds
Date:8/11/2009

A public survey conducted in Europe found that the vast majority of people overestimate the life-saving benefits of breast and prostate cancer screening, according to a new study published online August 12 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Gerd Gigerenzer, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and colleagues conducted a survey of over 10,200 people from nine European countries to assess perceptions of cancer-specific mortality reduction associated with mammography and prostate-specific antigen screening, and to determine the sources of information they rely on.

The authors found that the majority of participants have a dramatic overestimation of the benefits of such tests, and that doctors and other sources of information appear to have little impact on improving knowledge of the level of benefit. Ninety-two percent of women overestimated the benefit of mammography screening by at least one order of magnitude or reported they did not know; 89% of men overestimated the benefit of prostate-specific antigen screening or did not know.

"Knowing the benefit of a treatment is a necessary condition for informed consent and rational decision making," the authors write.

In an accompanying editorial, Lisa M. Schwartz, M.D., and Steven Woloshin, M.D. of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice in Hanover, N.H., point out that accurate screening messages should be more prominent and include risks associated with overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

The editorialists call some of the researchers' methods biased toward overestimation and question if participants are truly representative of the European Union, but do acknowledge the study's contribution. "These cautionsdo not diminish the importance of the study," they write. "We need to move from selling screening to helping people realize that screening is a genuine choice..."


'/>"/>

Contact: Steve Graff
jncimedia@oxfordjournals.org
301-841-1285
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Allegheny County Health Department and School Districts Misinforming the Public
2. West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency Awards Overpayment Project to HMS
3. MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock
4. BioMed Realty Trust Commemorates Five-Year Anniversary as a Public Company
5. State Regulation of Massage Therapy Will Improve Public Health, Safety
6. Sen. Brown, Hacker, to Release New Paper On How Public Plan in House and Senate Bills Measure Up
7. Madzone Marketing LLC Taps TransMedia Group to Provide Publicity Lift to Knife and Forklift(TM)
8. New Book by Leading Authority Responds to National Initiative to Bring Undergraduate Public Health Education to All American Colleges and Universities
9. Endologix Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock
10. Cell Therapeutics, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock and Warrants
11. Emdeon Inc. Commences U.S. Initial Public Offering of Class A Common Stock
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... February 13, 2016 , ... The producers of ... American businesses. , The increasingly modern world of instantaneous consumption proves very convenient ... energy sources such as oil and coal, which pollutes our air, water, and soil. ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... ... In the early or “honeymoon” stage of a relationship, couples strive to ... way to be romantic, and may exaggerate a strength or two in an effort ... , A recent study from Queendom.com , however, suggests that new couples ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Opelousas, LA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... of St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes. The purpose of these scholarships is to ... to encourage those individuals to seek employment within these two parishes. , “We ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... 2016 — 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST, http://www.fdanews.com/fixeddosecombination ... life cycle of pharmaceutical products, garnering increased attention from all stakeholders in the ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... nominations have closed for the ISE Southeast Awards 2016. Finalists and winners of ... the ISE® Southeast Executive Forum and Awards Gala on March 15, 2016 at ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... -- SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that pioneered the use of ... (MIS) device indicated for fusion for certain disorders of the sacroiliac ... Administrative Contractor (MAC) covering the states of Connecticut ... Massachusetts , Minnesota , ... Rhode Island , Vermont ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Feb. 12, 2016 On Thursday, ... Robotic Surgery at St. David,s North Austin Medical Center ... Vinci ® Xi ® Surgical System with ... 7000dV. Thiru Lakshman , M.D., colorectal surgeon ... total proctocolectomy utilizing Integrated Table Motion technology, which seamlessly ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Feb. 12 2016  OMS Supply, a ... and medical practitioners, announced today the recent launching of ... visitors a variety of features that enhance the user ... surgery supplies. --> ... a fairly new company that started in early 2016, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: