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GUYS: DON’T GET A PROSTATE-SPECIFIC ANTIGEN TEST

This question has been bandied about for a more than a decade now. The problem with the test is that is doesn’t seem to predict who is at risk for dying of prostate cancer. On the other hand, a test can cause a man to undergo unnecessary diagnostics and surgery, and result in impotence and incontinence. (This is bad because men like sex, and don’t like peeing in their pants.)

Is this the whole story?

BY THE WAY, HAITI IS STILL REELING FROM CHOLERA

Doctors with Borders reports that cases of cholera are increasing in Port-au-Prince.

HAVING A HEART ATTACK WHILE WEARING MY PINK BUSTIER

My son’s Sports Illustrated:Kids arrived the past week, with an NFL player resplendent in a pink football uniform. The latest edition of our local weekly newspaper was tinted pink. Products from hand cream to gloves are being marketed in pink, in order that we increase our awareness of breast cancer. Which makes me wonder: Is there any way, other than the government mandating an hourly pledge of allegiance to the war on breast cancer, that we could increase our awareness of breast cancer?

Don’t get me wrong–breast cancer is a scourge that afflicts an enormous number of women, and therefore requires attention and vigilance. However, heart disease is the number one killer of women, and there are three times as many non-breast cancer  conditions that sicken and kill women as breast cancer . At this point in our history,  is there really a lack of awareness of breast cancer? Off the top of your head, can you tell me what is the third major cause of death in US females?

Didn’t think so.

IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR FLU VACCINE

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One response to “Latest Headlines

  1. A few comments:

    I hate the heart disease statistic. It is actually grossly misleading: heart disease is the number one killer of women because most elderly women die of heart disease. To me that skews the data – they die because they are old and heart disease is attributed as the cause. Our organs weren’t made to live as long as we can keep ourselves alive, that’s all.

    I also disagree with promoting the flu vaccine. It’s a marketing ploy. The flu vaccine is based on the best guess of scientists, costs governments (and citizens) tons of money, and generally speaking is not very effective. It makes people feel better and it makes pharmaceutical companies tons of money. It makes governments feel like their being proactive. It’s complete bullsh!t and it’s actually more harmful that anything else as it’s probably just speeding up super bugs. And all for what, potentially avoiding a maximum of 3 days of feeling lousy and staying home from work? Kind of ridiculous. I do always recommend that children under 5, the elderly, and those who are immunocompromised and those that work with patients or any of those groups do get them because in those cases the benefits do outweigh the risks.

    Anecdotally: I’ve never had the vaccine and never had the flu – I know at least 3 people who get the vaccine every year (healthy people in their 20s with no illnesses) and always get the flu.

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