Healthy patients always make the same error

A reminder that doing ‘all the right things’ doesn’t guarantee health. Where I disagree is the lack of nuance on screening; recent evidence on breast and prostate cancer screening, for example, is fairly convincing that this leads to many cases of unnecessary treatment. Quote:

Healthy patients 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.”

Healthy patients always make the same error.


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