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You should be able to ask anyone offering you a screening test questions, such as -
What is the false positive/false negative rate?
Is this test recommended by the UK National Screening Committee?
What's the evidence for this test? Was it a randomised controlled trial?

Sense about Science - Making Sense of Screening
Patient Decision Aid - For PSA Screening
UK National Screening Committee - Private Screening Tests
Nordic Cochrane Centre - Breast cancer screening
Professor Mike Baum on breast screening - Some inconvenient truths
Ethics of Commercial Screening Tests - Annals of Internal Medicine
Professor Charles Warlow's visit to Lifeline Screening - BMJ
Healthtalkonline on PSA screening

Links to essays on screening

Doctors should stop supporting unethical screening - BMJ
What companies don’t tell you about screening - BMJ
We are in serious trouble over screening - Margaret McCartney’s Blog
Peace of mind? No, health check-ups can do more harm than good - Daily Mail
Lifeline Screening and the ASA - Margaret McCartney’s Blog
Ovarian Cancer Screening isn’t effective
On the sordid sale of screening tests
Cochrane review on the value of general health check ups


Should I Be Tested For Cancer?: Maybe Not and Here's Why - Welch
Overdiagnosed - Welch, Schwartz and Woloshin
Testing Treatments Interactive