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Home health test warning

31st March 2011

The consumer organisation Which? has warned that home health kits could be a waste of time, effort and money.

It said the DIY kits for conditions including prostate cancer and stomach ulcers could cause false alarm or provide false reassurance. Which? experts examined six kits, available at chemists or online for between £4.99 and £15.99, and interviewed 64 members of the public about their use. The results were "hit and miss", with some consumers saying the prostate test results could have led to them not seeking medical help.

 

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Julia Smith

Wednesday 6th April 2011 @ 5:56

I totally agree with you especially now that a study has been released that screening and catching cancer of the prostate early won't avoid fatalities from the disease. This is far from the first research to suggest it. Tests are good for catching cancer of the prostate early, however more than two decades of data revealed that individuals who did not get regular tests and individuals who did not got cancer of the prostate at the same rate. I read this here: Study finds prostate cancer screenings ineffective


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Article Information

Title: Home health test warning
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 18064
Date Added: 31st Mar 2011

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