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