To screen or not to screen...problems with false-positives on some procedures...BD
The problem: Plenty of screens don't really work that well. Many yield lots of false-positive results, which lead to unnecessary (and risky) treatments. Other tests work, though not in time for patients to act, leaving them to a life of endless dread. "People forget that there are two sides to screening," says Dr. Barbara Yawn, director of research at Olmstead Medical Center and a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, a government-backed group of health care professionals that study and evaluate health screens. "[Screens] can be beneficial, but there are always other risks.