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The Mistakes Healthy Patients Always Make

Healthy patients always make the same error. They think that they are not at risk for serious medical problems. Though maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, not smoking, and eating plenty of vegetables and fruits while limiting meat, fat, and fast foods does decrease the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer, it doesn’t completely eliminate it. The chance is there, just a little less. But patients wrongly assume that staying healthy means no chance of illness and, as a result, they routinely skip preventive screening tests because they have no symptoms of illness, have no family history of disease, and are “healthy.” That is the error that many healthy patients make. Staying healthy means that in addition to a healthy lifestyle, screening tests and interventions such as mammograms, Pap smears, immunizations, colonoscopies, and high blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and treatment are equally as important. […] Read More »

The Truth About Ovarian Cancer Screening – book excerpt

The New York Times editorial “False Promises on Ovarian Cancer” says it all. What is most concerning is that a third of doctors recommend what medical science shows not to be true: screening for ovarian cancer does NOT work. Enjoy the excerpt from my book – The Thrifty Patient – Vital Insider Tips to Staying Healthy and Saving Money – and be smarter than 1/3 of doctors! Simple to read and incredibly informative. Enjoy! Ovarian Cancer Screening One of the most feared cancers for many women is ovarian cancer, which occurs in one out of sixty-eight women. Unfortunately, like many cancers (lung, pancreatic), there is no screening test that has been helpful to detect the illness early and reliably proven to save lives. Until organizations like the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommend certain tests or examinations, everything you may hear on the news or from friends about breakthroughs in screenings […] Read More »