Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Skip The Check-Up

"Physical exams are one of the most common and familiar medical procedures in the world. A sweeping new study suggests they might also be the most worthless. Researchers at the Cochrane Review looked at more than 16 studies with 182,880 patients – all of whom were offered a general check up, but only some of whom who accepted. Those patients were followed between four and 22 years, depending on the study, to look at death rates for each group. The big takeaway: 'There was no effect on the risk of death, or on the risk of death due to cardiovascular diseases or cancer.'"
—Oh, I feel so much better about not going to the doctor now. I mean, in the end we all die anyway. Why waste time sitting in your underwear under fluorescent lights waiting for someone to berate you about your drinking and smoking habits?

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10 Comments / Post A Comment

I still want my voucher.

riggssm (#760)

Thank goodness. Beth Israel keeps heckling me to schedule a check-up, and I keep ignoring them. If I'm gonna walk to the other side of the Fens and be judged, I'll go to Machine and not a damn hospital.

Bryan Keller (#3,804)

Actually, uh, just go to the fucking doctor. And, more important, the dentist.

It blows my mind how many people I know who do neither.

jolie (#16)

@Bryan Keller Shhhhhhhhh. You know we're not supposed to mention the dentist or teeth in front of Alex! (I actually did this once in person — he visibly recoiled and started waving his non-smoking hand wildly in a shoo-ing motion, and it wasn't just in reaction to the fact of my presence.)

BadUncle (#153)

FWIW, my brother in law and one of my best friends died from colon cancer that could have been identified and treated if they'd gone for regular checkups.

Bryan Keller (#3,804)

@BadUncle I'm really, really sorry to hear that. Experiences in my life have led me to encourage everyone to just get themselves checked out from time to time. Smoke, drink, do coke, whatever, but just please face the music every once in a while.

BadUncle (#153)

@Bryan Keller Yeah it's one of those life lessons one sadly learns from others.

laurel (#4,035)

Go, in all your smokey drinkiness. Think of it as putting your doctor through his paces. Or giving him his comeuppance.

City_Dater (#2,500)

Last year, when I went to see my doctor because I was sick and wanted medicine, he heaved a giant, passive-aggressive sigh and told me I should try to come in for a check up sometime when I was well so he could at least establish a baseline for my decrepitude.
It worked.

alorsenfants (#139)

I am lucky. I have a restaurant, and my doctor likes it. So I see him there every month or so, and always say: "You know John, I really prefer it when we see each other here?"
But every other year, I do submit to going to his place of business. I did it last month after a long time, and the evaluation was better than expected. My occupation having some very big built in liabilities, I was surprised!
Meanwhile — a coupla observations. One: the old saw about seeing your doctor, dentist, or car mechanic, for that matter, every 6 months, is just propaganda. Two: the doctors will try to prescribe things you probably don't need.
Sure, I get sad in the fall. Don't some of you all too?! But this doesn't mean I need an ineffective anti-depresssant. They Still Don't Know How This Stuff Works. Nice they figured out some things like hip replacements — my grandmother sure appreciated that — but when it comes to medicine, it's still the Dark Ages, isn't it.
Oops sorry — End of sermon.

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