Missed cancer screenings linked to earlier death from non-cancer causes
Because all of the people in the study knew they would be asked to get multiple screenings, it's also possible that their results don't reflect what might happen in the broader population.
Even so, the results suggest that the same factors that motivate screening decisions might also iimpact other aspects of health, said Dr. Deborah Grady of the University of California, San Francisco, who co-wrote an accompanying editorial.
"There is no way that getting screened for cancer can reduce the risk of dying of causes totally unrelated to screening," Grady said by email.
"What probably accounts for this association is the fact that people who follow advice to undergo screening have a lot of other health-related behaviors," Grady added. "It's likely that it's these sorts of behaviors that reduce the risk of dying."
SOURCE: bit.ly/2TmsZhu and bit.ly/2F3ca8b JAMA Internal Medicine, online December 28, 2018.