8 key changes in the new Red Book

A REVISED Red Book launched at GP16 puts a new emphasis on the risks as well as the benefits of preventive interventions.

Many changes have been made after a 15-month process of reviewing the evidence. Here are eight of the updates.

  • The cancer section includes new information on the risks of screening mammograms, including psychological distress and unnecessary treatment after false positives;
  • The PSA test: spells out that “GPs have no obligation to offer prostate cancer screening to asymptomatic men”;
  • Another 10 tests have been added to the chapter on screening tests which

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