Search Resources (English): Overscreening

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Physical activity for marginalized women in British Columbia: A discussion paper  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/documents/DiscussionPaper-PhysicalActivityforMarginalizedWomen2011.pdf

An environmental scan on physical activity for marginalized women in BC. The aim of the scan was to learn more about the current context for and activities being facilitated to promote physical activity for marginalized women at provincial and local levels in BC.

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Published: 2011
Seeking sickness: medical screening and the misguided hunt for disease   
http://www.dmpibooks.com/book/seeking-sickness

Discusses the most common and recommended types of screening and weighs the pros and cons of each. Deals with questions such as: Do mammograms save lives? Is a colonoscopy necessary for everyone? Is it worth it to spend thousands of dollars for a whole-body scan? Also examines the roles of practitioners and drug companies in getting us to “test-early-and-test-often.”

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Published: 2012
Over-diagnosis epidemic  
https://theconversation.edu.au/pages/overdiagnosis-epidemic

A ten-part online series that outlines the growing problem of overdiagnosis and overuse of medical screening tests.

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Published: 2012
Myth: whole-body screening is an effective way to detect hidden cancers  
http://www.cfhi-fcass.ca/Migrated/PDF/11491_newsletter_en.pdf

Discusses how whole body screening (e.g. Computerized Tomography (CT) scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology or Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans) is promoted to healthy people as preventative health care, while the evidence shows it offers no proven health benefits and exposes people to unnecessary health risks.

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Published: 2009
Private health screening: what to think about when you’re thinking about screening tests  
http://privatehealthscreen.org/

The website of a group of doctors in Britain concerned about the safety and the ethics of private screening tests, and about companies who advertise those tests. Includes resources to help people decide whether or not to take a screening test.

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Bone density tests: when you need them and when you don’t  
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ChoosingWiselyBoneDensityAAFP.pdf

A factsheet about when it is useful to have a bone density test and when it is not appropriate – and possibly harmful – to have these tests done.

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Published: 2012