New resources from Consumer Reports on health screening tests

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2014-07-15 22:06:22 -0500
Started 2014-07-08 12:18:46 -0500

We've all been there. Sitting with our doctor and he recommends that we receive a screening test. Perhaps it's for prostate cancer or it's an EKG or something less familiar. Screening tests are interesting because they are given to people who don't have any symptoms. They are looking to avoid issues—which can be a good thing.

But what if you don't really need the test? How would you even know that you should question the need for the test?

Well, Consumer Reports as part of their Choosing Wisely campaign (of which Diabetic Connect is a partner), has produced a great resource for you to go to. This site http://consumerhealthchoices.org/screening/ has information and resources to help you understand if you really do need that screening test or if there really is no value for you.

I encourage you to check it out. Let us know what you think and how you think your doctor is doing in recommending only valuable tests that you truly need.


12 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-07-12 21:39:19 -0500 Report

Thanks for the heads up on this. These tests can be helpful. But they can also raise alarms that don't need to be raised and drive the user of the test to request a medication that may not be needed.

Pops56
Pops56 2014-07-13 06:01:21 -0500 Report

Can u tell me what I need to do about erectile dysfunction

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-07-15 22:06:22 -0500 Report

HI Pops, there are a range of treatments that can help with ED. I hope you will have this discussion with our doctor. I know it can uncomfortable to bring up but that's the first step toward finding a solution. Stay in touch!

Rose67
Rose67 2014-07-08 21:21:42 -0500 Report

Thank you, John, very good info. Our small town does an annual blood screening test every yr. for a small fee. That is how I found out my BGS was high, and had my dr. Check it out more thoroughly.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-07-08 13:23:51 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing this John.

I have always wondered about the value of some of those tests. Now I'll have a little more objective resource regarding whetther or not fo do them.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-07-08 13:14:24 -0500 Report

Thank you John for this web site. I actually downloaded 3 of the screening test info. The one one weather we need a screen test, the one on PAP smears, and the one on allergies. I bookmarked the site in case I might have a question on any of the other screening test in the future.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-08 12:31:49 -0500 Report

I think it is up to each person to decide what screenings they need. A friend went for a pre op chest x-ray and a spot was found on his lung. Thankfully, because of that test he learned he had lung cancer and was able to get treatment. That was 10 years ago. Eventually he lost the lung. He has had cancer again and has managed to beat it. During that time he met a wonderful woman and married her. He is enjoying his life with her and spending time with his grown children and grand kids. Sometimes it is wise to have the screenings simply for piece of mind and possibly detecting an illness that has not showed active symptoms.

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