SHOULD I BE TESTED FOR CANCER?: MAYBE NOT AND HERE'S WHY

SHOULD I BE TESTED FOR CANCER?: MAYBE NOT AND HERE'S WHY

By: Welch, H. Gilbert

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Getting tested to detect cancer early is one of the best ways to stay healt hy-or is it? In this lively, carefully researched book, a nationally recognized expert o n early cancer detection challenges one of medicine's most widely accepted beliefs: that the best defense against cancer is to always try to catch it early. Read this book and you will think twice about common cancer screenin g tests such as total body scans, mammograms, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests. Combining patient stories and solid data on common cancers, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch makes the case that testing healthy people for cancer is really a dou ble-edged sword: while these tests may help, they often have surprisingly l ittle effect and are sometimes even harmful. Bringing together a body of li ttle-known medical research in an engaging and accessible style, he discuss es in detail the pitfalls of screening tests, showing how they can miss som e cancers, how they can lead to invasive, unnecessary treatments, and how t hey can distract doctors from other important issues. Welch's conclusions a re powerful, counterintuitive, and disturbing: the early detection of cance r does not always save lives, it can be hard to know who really has early c ancer, and there are some cancers better left undiscovered. Should I Be Tested for Cancer? is the only book to clearly and simply lay out the pros and cons of cancer testing for the general public. It is indispensable reading for the millions of Americans who repeatedly face screening tests and who want to make better-informed decisions about their own health care.

Title: SHOULD I BE TESTED FOR CANCER?: MAYBE NOT AND HERE'S WHY

Author Name: Welch, H. Gilbert

Categories: Health,

Publisher: University of California Pre: 2004

ISBN Number: 0520239768

ISBN Number 13: 9780520239760

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good/Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000044036