A topic of conversation around here and at dinner with friends the other night has been whether or not to follow recommended guidelines for medical screening tests and procedures. Cost/benefit discussions show it is not easy to decide in all cases. Have I wasted time and money by having mammograms and pap smears my entire adult life since they all came back negative? There are risks in most treatments however not getting treatment can have serious consequences including an earlier death.
We don't want to be smart people who made stupid decisions that cost us our life or health. I don't have an answer to how to make these decisions except to encourage everyone to be an advocate for obtaining information from their health care providers. I have requested the book Your medical mind: how to decide what is right for you from the library and will discuss its suggestions on how to be a proactive patient once I have read it.