August 31, 2009

JUST A PRETEXT FOR BUGGERY:

Study finds prostate cancer test may expose men to unnecessary treatment (Kelly Brewington, 8/31/09, Baltimore Sun)

Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the last two decades never needed to know they had the disease, exposing them to treatment that can do more harm than good, according to a new study. [...]

"Just the diagnosis of cancer causes a fair amount of anxiety--no one wants to be given that diagnosis needlessly," said Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, a researcher from Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, and the study's lead author. "The bigger problem is being given treatment that can't help you, but all of our treatments can hurt you."


Yet they insist that rationalizing health care requires more "preventive" medicine....

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2009 6:27 PM
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