Making Sense of Screening [PDF]
A guide to weighing up the benefits and harms of health screening programmes
Public expectations about screening don't match what screening programmes can deliver. By addressing misconceptions about how screening works, its limitations and the calculation of benefits and harms, scientists and clinicians hope to bridge the gap between the active debates of the scientific community and the concerns raised by the public.
American College of Gynecologists: Confining a woman in stirrups and inserting a metal tool in her vagina helps in "establishing the clinician–patient relationship” and is “an excellent opportunity to counsel patients about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and minimizing health risks.”
How about chatting over a nice cuppa tea, instead?
And I only found out my grandmother died of ovarian cancer (not lung cancer, as I'd been led to believe) when I had a scary exam of my own that warranted further followup.
They are just as likely to die from it as Dutch women though (according to this). In the Netherlands women over 30 get a pap smear every five years, and that's it.
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