Life Line Screening Reveals Private Health Screening Survey

By Life Line Screening, PRNE
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

WORTHING, England, June 2, 2011 -

Life Line Screening has published the results of its private health
screening survey.

Private health screening is becoming increasingly popular in the UK &
Ireland. Whilst there are metrics on the benefits of screenings in detecting
potentially life-threatening conditions early, and thereby preventing
conditions such as Stroke and cardiovascular disease, Life Line Screening's
report aims to provide more evidence relating to the effects of screenings on
modifying behavioural change.

One area of debate about health screening is that certain types of health
screening (
can lead to "false reassurance". An individual who has a screening may
gain the impression that they have a clean bill of health if no risk factors
have been identified. As a result, they may choose to pay less attention to
their health overall and lead a less healthy lifestyle than they would
otherwise have done. This research aims to look further at this hypothesis
and gauge a better understanding of the motivations of individuals who have
health screenings, based on evidence rather than subjective judgements. It
aims to understand the proportions of individuals who choose to improve their
health as well as the number of people who choose not to.

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136 people who had Life Line Screening health screenings were surveyed in
July 2010 by a researcher from Addenbrookes Hospital. They were invited to
answers questions based on their perceptions on health and lifestyle changes
as a result of having had a screening.

When asked "Did going for a screening make you think more about your
health?" 77% of responders answered yes. Participants were then asked if they
have made any positive changes to their lifestyle following their screening.
51% stated they had started eating more healthily, 45% stated they had
started exercising more than before (and 18% of the total had tried a new
exercise), 35% reported losing weight, 71% had focused on keeping weight at a
healthy level, 60% were careful about alcohol consumption, 52% commented that
they were controlling their stress levels, 30% reported they had read more
health-focussed publications and 74% paid more attention to their overall

Only 7% of all responders commented that they had led less-healthy
lifestyle following their screening.

The full report on the impact of health screening on lifestyle change
( is available on the Life Line
Screening website in PDF format.

About Life Line Screening:

At Life Line Screening, its mission is to make people who may be showing
no symptoms aware of unrecognised health problems and encourage them to seek
follow-up care with their GP. It is a multi-national leading provider of
community-based preventative professional health screening ( - serving the UK, Ireland
and the United States.

Life Line Screening use advanced ultrasound equipment, the same as the
equipment found in hospitals, and its screenings are performed by highly
trained healthcare professionals.

Since Life Line Screening's inception in 1993, it has screened over 6
million people, and currently screen over 1 million people each year at over
20,000 screening events. Through this experience, Life Line Screening often
identifies serious health issues and has helped save thousands of lives. It
is dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at
affordable rates.

The Life Line Screening website also features a number of Life Line
Screening reviews and personal stories (
from people who have had screenings in the past.

    PR Contact:

    Peter Blencowe
    Life Line Screening UK Limited
    3rd Floor
    Suite 8
    31 Chatsworth Road
    West Sussex
    BN11 1LY


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