Some folks will do just about anything for an extra buck.
It’s bad enough when you run into that attitude when you’re buying a new car or a refrigerator. When it’s a doctor, it’s downright infuriating.
But new research reveals the dark truth. Some unethical docs are preying on seniors. They’re taking advantage of their trust to push them into highly profitable and yet totally unnecessary cancer screenings.
But this scam won’t just cost you money. In some cases, it could be endangering your health and maybe even your life.
And along the way, it can cause unneeded stress and anxiety. All for a screening you not only NEVER needed, but NEVER should’ve been offered in the first place.
But there IS a way to get off this cancer screening carousel.
The cancer screenings you DON’T need
I’m about to shock you. But don’t worry, I’ll explain.
You might think that if you have cancer, you NEED to know about it. And, more importantly, that it NEEDS treatment.
But that’s NOT always the case.
When it comes to making a choice between bringing out the big guns to battle cancer or sitting back and watchfully waiting, there are two key factors to consider. And unfortunately, they’re seldom explained to patients.
Lifespan: Many cancers are slow-growers, taking years or even decades to fully develop. That means that once you’re past a certain age, there’s a strong chance something ELSE will kill you long before these types of cancer ever will.
Health: If you’re older and not in the best of health, the cancer treatment could be far more dangerous than cancer itself. And that’s especially true if it involves aggressive surgery or powerful (and toxic) drugs.
As a result, there are several types of cancer that the guidelines say doctors should stop screening for past a certain age, including…
- colorectal cancer after 75
- cervical cancer past 65
- breast cancer after 75
Yet the new study finds all three are still shockingly common among older seniors.
Just say “NO” to unnecessary tests
We’re not talking about a small oversight, or an “innocent mistake” here either. The massive amount of unnecessary screening this investigation uncovered makes it clear it’s a money-making scam.
- The researchers found over-screening for colon cancer in nearly 60 percent of men and 56 percent of women past 75.
- Unnecessary screening for cervical cancer was found in 45 percent of older women.
- And over-screening for breast cancer was seen in 73 percent of ladies past the age of 75.
And those three examples are just the tip of the iceberg too. Many other “routine” screenings shouldn’t be routine at all, especially after a certain age.
The general rule of thumb is that if your life expectancy is less than 10 years, you can probably skip many routine cancer screenings. The potential benefits don’t outweigh the discomfort, exposure to radiation, anxiety, and potential for false positives.
This doesn’t mean you should never be screened, of course. If you have specific symptoms, for example, and your doctor thinks it could be a sign of a more advanced or faster-growing tumor testing may be called for.
Plus, there are other factors to consider, such as your own specific history and risks.
Instead of blindly accepting (or rejecting) a test, sit down with the doctor and weigh the pros and cons. That way, you can make the best INFORMED decision for you instead of being strong-armed into a screening simply to help pay the mortgage on a doctor’s vacation home.
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