Patients overrate screening benefits

Patients dramatically overestimate the benefits of screening programs, and would probably not take part if they knew the true statistics, a study finds.

The survey found 90% of New Zealanders overestimated how many lives were saved by breast cancer screening, and 94% overestimated the figure for bowel cancer screening.

Patients were also overly optimistic on the benefits of preventive medications for hip fracture and cardiovascular disease, according to the study, published this month in