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Should I be tested for cancer? : maybe not and here's why

Author: H Gilbert Welch
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A nationally recognized expert on early cancer detection challenges the widely accepted beliefs: that the best defense against cancer is to try to catch it early, examining such common cancer screening tests as total body scans, mammograms, and prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests, and arguing that testing healthy people for cancer often has surprisingly little effect and is sometimes even harmful.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Ratgeber
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H Gilbert Welch
ISBN: 0520239768 9780520239760
OCLC Number: 52424123
Description: x, 224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Problems you should know about. --
It is unlikely that you will benefit --
You may have a "cancer scare" and face an endless cycle of testing --
You may receive unnecessary treatment --
You may find a cancer you would rather not know about --
Your pathologist may say it's cancer, while others say it's not --
Your doctor may get distracted from other issues that are more important to you --
pt. II. Becoming a better-educated consumer --
Understand the culture of medicine (and why we are pushed to test) --
Understand the statistics of cancer (and why five-year survival is the world's most misleading number) --
Understand the limits to research; even genetic research (and why it is hard to be sure there really are benefits to screening) --
Develop a strategy that works for you.
Responsibility: H. Gilbert Welch.
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Getting tested to detect cancer early is one of the best ways to stay healthy - or is it? This title challenges one of medicine's most widely accepted beliefs: that the best defense against cancer is  Read more...

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"One of those gems to come out of the academic press... If you're worried about cancer, this lucidly argued book will be a godsend."--The Week

 
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