Yearly physical may cause false sense of security
October 17, 2012 (WLS) -- Annual physicals may be giving adults a false sense of security about their health.
A massive review of medical data finds getting regular exams doesn't reduce the chances of dying from serious diseases like cancer and heart disease.
It has long been accepted that yearly physicals allow doctors to detect and treat serious problems early. But the review published by the Cochrane Collaboration finds that isn't the case for healthy adults.
The review also reveals more checkups lead to what's called "over diagnosis," identifying and treating conditions that might never have caused problems.
- Winter storm could dump up to 8 inches of snow 1 min ago
- Allan Kustok found guilty in wife's 2010 murder
- Japan marks 3rd anniversary of tsunami disasters
- ABC7 First Alert Weather Forecast
- 3 people shot in car at 76th, Stony Island
- Retired CPD sergeant hospitalized after East Side shooting
- Appeals court to consider Blagojevich transcripts
- Repairs to city's aging sewer, water lines underway
- Combat Hate app launches in Chicago
- Olympic medalist welcomed back to Buffalo Grove school
- Ed Burke reflects after over 40 years as Alderman
- Polar plunge raises over $1M for Special Olympics
- Photos: 'The Bachelor' Season 18 finale in pictures
- abcnews: Obama Shops At The Gap
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos