Seeking sickness : medical screening and the misguided hunt for disease / Alan Cassels ; foreword by H. Gilbert Welch.

Why wouldn't you want to be screened to see if you're at risk for cancer, heart disease, or another potentially lethal condition? After all, better safe than sorry. Right? Not so fast, says Alan Cassels. His Seeking Sickness takes us inside the world of medical screening, where well-meanin...

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Main Author: Cassels, Alan, 1963-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2012.
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505 0 |a Prologue : Seek and ye shall find -- The whole body scan : Who's really reaping the benefits, and why you don't need one -- Screening for eyeball pressure : Know the right questions to ask (for any screening test) and when to ask them -- Cholesterol screening, syndrome X, and heart scanning : The risky business of screening for risk -- PSA testing : What are the odds? -- Mammography screening : The politics, the promises, and the numbers -- Colon and cervix screening : Too much of a good thing? -- Mental health screening : We're crazy, just not that crazy -- Self-screening for disease : Planting the seeds of self-doubt -- Lung screening for cancer and COPD -- Finding disease in every breath you take -- Bone screening : Selling screening -- Gene screening : When marketing precedes science -- Epilogue : A conversation starter when facing screening : What happens if I do nothing? 
520 |a Why wouldn't you want to be screened to see if you're at risk for cancer, heart disease, or another potentially lethal condition? After all, better safe than sorry. Right? Not so fast, says Alan Cassels. His Seeking Sickness takes us inside the world of medical screening, where well-meaning practitioners and a profit-motivated industry offer to save our lives by exploiting our fears. He writes that promoters of screening overpromise on its benefits and downplay its harms, which can range from the merely annoying to the life threatening. If you're facing a screening test for breast or prostate cancer, high cholesterol, or low testosterone, someone is about to turn you into a patient. You need to ask yourself one simple question: Am I ready for all the things that could go wrong? 
650 0 |a Medical screening. 
650 0 |a Medical misconceptions. 
650 0 |a Diagnostic errors. 
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