Yes, there are some side effects of getting a screening, but the benefits it offers are far greater. There might be a few side effects of routine cancer screening, but the benefits always outweigh the side effects. The some effects are:
- There are a few screening tests that might cause health related issues or bleeding.
- There have been times when healthcare providers found false positive results. A false result is when the test suggests that cancer is present, but it really isn’t. This can cause anxiety and stress.
However, before the doctor starts you on any medication, they will run further tests, which is why no physical harm is done.
- Some healthcare providers have suggested that screening test can cause overdiagnosis. In other words, the patient could have easily lived a long and healthy life without having to worry about cancer.
But bear in mind, this only occurs to cases when cancer wouldn’t have harmed the patient in their lifetime. Prevention is better than cure. Certainly when cancer is detected in the early stage, more treatment/surgery options are available, which offers a huge advantage to the cancer patients.